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Minerva Cardioangiologica 2000 November;48(11):387-92

Copyright © 2000 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English, Italian

Digital necrosis in a woman over eight

Melon F., Ponte E.


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Chronic vascular disorders of the upper limbs are not frequently encountered in women; in addition, advanced age of onset tends to suggest the presence of common diseases such as arteriosclerosis or microembolization. Nonetheless, diagnosis is not always straightforward and in some cases both-laboratory and instrumental findings can do no more than arouse a diagnostic suspicion. We present a case of acrolocalized disorder, which proved difficult to diagnose and which we believe may be attributed to a slowly progressing form of scleroderma of the extremities which, in our case, determined positivity of anticentromere autoantibodies.

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