MethodsA total of 28 patients, including 7 with SSc and 12 with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), underwent brachial arteriography due to severe Raynaud’s phenomenon and/or digital ulcerations and were enrolled in the study. They were divided into two groups: an SSc/SSc-overlap group and a non-SSc group. The collection of the clinical parameters was conducted to investigate the associations between clinical factors and the ulnar artery vasculopathy.
ResultsThe SSc/SSc-overlap group (n = 10) consisted of 7 patients with SSc and 3 with features overlapping SSc. In the non-SSc group (n = 18), 12 cases of SLE, 2 of mixed connective tissue disease, 1 of dermatomyositis + SLE, 1 of rheumatoid arthritis, 1 of Sjogren’s syndrome, and 1 case of skin vasculitis, were included. The relative frequencies of ulnar artery involvement were not significantly different between the SSc/SSc-overlap and non-SSc groups, respectively (n = 6, 60% vs. n = 9, 50%, p = 0.611).
ConclusionsAlthough ulnar artery involvement was frequently detected in patients with SSc/SSc-overlap, it was also a common finding in other CTDs; therefore, it is not specific to SSc or SSc-overlap diseases.
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Article Type: BRIEF REPORT
Article Subject: Clinical Conditions and Organ Involvement
Tae-Jong Kim, Soon-Young Song, Hee Chang Ahn, Yoon-Kyoung Sung, Sang-Cheol Bae, Jae-Bum Jun
- • Accepted on 18/08/2017
- • Available online on 02/09/2017
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- Kim, Tae-Jong [PubMed] [Google Scholar]1
- Song, Soon-Young [PubMed] [Google Scholar]2
- Ahn, Hee Chang [PubMed] [Google Scholar]3
- Sung, Yoon-Kyoung [PubMed] [Google Scholar]4
- Bae, Sang-Cheol [PubMed] [Google Scholar]4
- Jun, Jae-Bum [PubMed] [Google Scholar]4, *Corresponding Author (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Department of Rheumatology, Chonnam National University Medical School and Hospital, Gwangju – Republic of Korea
- Department of Radiology, Hanyang University Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases, Seoul – Republic of Korea
- Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Hanyang University Seoul Hospital, Seoul – Republic of Korea
- Department of Rheumatology, Hanyang University Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases, Seoul – Republic of Korea
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