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Scleroderma Classification for Changes in Fingernail Capillaries

Purpose:

To evaluate capillaries in the finger nailbed for changes seen in scleroderma based on the criteria of Maricq.

Specialty:

Immunology/Rheumatology

Objective:

differential diagnosis and mimics, red flags

ICD-10:

M34

Description:

Maricq described changes in the capillaries of the finger nailbed in patients with scleroderma that can be observed using widefield microscopy. This can help distinguish scleroderma from other connective tissue diseases. The author is from the Medical College of South Carolina.

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