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Scleroderma, or systemic sclerosis, is a clinically heterogeneous disease characterized by fibroproliferative vasculopathy, tissue fibrosis affecting the skin and internal organs, and autoimmune activation. Many biomarker candidates have been identified in the past two decades; however, fully validated measures are still lacking with regard to aiding in the early diagnosis and reflecting the disease activity, severity, prognosis, and response to therapy. An ideal biomarker should be highly sensitive and specific, reflecting the current status of disease; should be related to the disease activity and/or severity in accordance with the clinical evolution; should anticipate clinical changes before they occur; and should add independent information about the risk or prognosis that is reproducible and feasible. This review focuses on the most recent and innovative approaches to identify biomarkers, such as extensive gene expression analysis and proteomics, and on markers and surrogate outcome measures closer to clinical practice, and attempts to evaluate them through the OMERACT (Outcome Measures in Rheumatology Clinical Trials) filter.
Scleroderma Research Centre, Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine, Section of Musculoskeletal Diseases, Chapel Allerton Hospital, University of Leeds, Second Floor, Chapeltown Road, Leeds, LS7 4SA, UK, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The least progressive form of SYSTEMIC SCLERODERMA with skin thickening restricted to the face, neck and areas distal to the elbows and/or knees, sparing the trunk. The CREST SYNDROME is a form of limited scleroderma.
A branch of dentistry dealing with diseases of the oral and paraoral structures and the oral management of systemic diseases. (Hall, What is Oral Medicine, Anyway? Clinical Update: National Naval Dental Center, March 1991, p7-8)
A rapid onset form of SYSTEMIC SCLERODERMA with progressive widespread SKIN thickening over the arms, the legs and the trunk, resulting in stiffness and disability.
A chronic multi-system disorder of CONNECTIVE TISSUE. It is characterized by SCLEROSIS in the SKIN, the LUNGS, the HEART, the GASTROINTESTINAL TRACT, the KIDNEYS, and the MUSCULOSKELETAL SYSTEM. Other important features include diseased small BLOOD VESSELS and AUTOANTIBODIES. The disorder is named for its most prominent feature (hard skin), and classified into subsets by the extent of skin thickening: LIMITED SCLERODERMA and DIFFUSE SCLERODERMA.
A term used to describe a variety of localized asymmetrical SKIN thickening that is similar to those of SYSTEMIC SCLERODERMA but without the disease features in the multiple internal organs and BLOOD VESSELS. Lesions may be characterized as patches or plaques (morphea), bands (linear), or nodules.
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