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dupuytren & scleroderma
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08/26/2013 09:29
lina 
08/26/2013 09:29
lina 
dupuytren & scleroderma

Hi all (again)

I know a few things have been said about this already in the past...about the possible link between Dupuytren & Scleroderma...I do wonder though.

My mum was diagnosed with Scleroderma a few years ago. It started with Raynaud, then the skin on her hands started to tighten and her fingers started to swell. Tests showed that some of her internal organs were affected too.
She is doing ok at the moment, but has to take loads of medicine.

Earlier this year I was diagnosed with Dupuytren's & Ledderhose. But since I have some other symptoms that are not typical of Dupuytren's (extreme tiredness, painful joints, B12 deficiency, some skin issues, morning stiffness) I went to see a rheumatologist as well. My blood was tested and turned out to be ANA positive, with antibodies that imply possible scleroderma.

Still, my rheumatologist does not think I have scleroderma (yet), as I do not show any of the typical Scleroderma symptoms (no Raynauds, nor that typical sausage-like swelling of the fingers). She has told me to wait and come back in 6 months to run some more tests. I told her about Dupuytren's but she didn't seem very interested in that. (I have to add though, that the Dup has worsened since the last time I saw her.)

But the thing is, Dupuytren's and Scleroderma are basically about the same thing, right? Sclerosis, a hardening of the connective tissue, a kind of scarring? Or am I wrong here?

Another thing I worry about: they told my mum that radiotherapy in combination with scleroderma is a definite no-no (they feared she had cancer as well at one point, which thank god turned out not to be the case).
What if I have (early) scleroderma after all and will undergo RT for my Dupuytrens??

08/26/2013 11:06
wach 

Administrator

08/26/2013 11:06
wach 

Administrator

Re: dupuytren & scleroderma

I would think that you are wrong. Dupuytren's is a benign tumor in the connective tissue and scleroderma is a general hardening of the connective tissue. Both diseases are related with the connective tissue but that about it.

Please talk to your doctor about RT and the risks specifically for you. I doubt that our Forum can provide you with a good answer.

Wolfgang

lina:
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But the thing is, Dupuytren's and Scleroderma are basically about the same thing, right? Sclerosis, a hardening of the connective tissue, a kind of scarring? Or am I wrong here?

What if I have (early) scleroderma after all and will undergo RT for my Dupuytrens??

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