Dermoscopy findings of nail fold capillaries in connective tissue diseases
Article first published online: 22 DEC 2010
© 2010 Japanese Dermatological Association
The Journal of Dermatology
Special Issue: SPECIAL ISSUE: Dermoscopy (pages 1-75)
Volume 38, Issue 1, pages 66–70, January 2011
How to Cite
HASEGAWA, M. (2011), Dermoscopy findings of nail fold capillaries in connective tissue diseases. The Journal of Dermatology, 38: 66–70. doi: 10.1111/j.1346-8138.2010.01092.x
- Issue published online: 22 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 22 DEC 2010
- Received 11 July 2010; accepted 22 July 2010.
- scleroderma spectrum disorder;
- systemic sclerosis
Nail fold (video) capillaroscopy is a well-established technique to assess patients with Raynaud’s phenomenon, in whom specific abnormalities of capillaries are predictive of underlying systemic sclerosis and its related diseases (scleroderma spectrum disorder). The typical abnormalities are also found in patients with dermatomyositis and those findings are useful for the assessment of vascular injury and the evaluation of therapeutic effect in patients with scleroderma spectrum disorder and dermatomyositis. Recently, it has been suggested that dermoscopy can replace the capillaroscopy in significant part for detection of nail fold capillary abnormalities. In this review, I summarized the established capillaroscopy findings in connective tissues diseases and tried to apply the findings of dermoscopy to the findings and classification of capillaroscopy.