A descriptive account of sequential nailfold capillaroscopy in scleroderma

Karen A. Patterson, Jenny G. Walker, Peter Roberts-Thomson

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Microvasculopathy is an early and prominent pathological feature of systemic sclerosis (SSc), or scleroderma, and is most easily recognised in the capillaries of the nailfold using the simple technique of nailfold capillaroscopy (NFC).1 Many studies have confirmed that NFC has proven utility in the early diagnosis of SSc and it has been included in the classification criteria for this disease since 1988.1 However, to date there is little information concerning sequential NFC in scleroderma and whether documentation of nailfold capillary morphology and density over time may assist in disease management and prognosis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)669-672
Number of pages4
Issue number6
Early online date29 Aug 2019
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • scleroderma
  • sequential nailfold capillaroscopy
  • microvasculopathy
  • systemic sclerosis


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