What continued outpatient care is indicated in the treatment of scleroderma?

Updated: Sep 09, 2019
  • Author: Sergio A Jimenez, MD, MACR, FACP, FRCP(UK Hon); Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Evaluate the patient every 3-6 months, depending on the disease activity and progression. Serial skin scoring (also known as the modified Rodnan skin score) is useful for monitoring skin changes over time. New techniques are currently being studied. For example, durometry, a technique for objectively measuring skin involvement, uses digital, hand-held, spring-loaded devices that measure hardness by applying an indentation load. [192] Follow up for other complications, as well.


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