Nailfold capillaroscopy: Relevance to the practice of rheumatology

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Nailfold capillaroscopy is a simple, low-cost method, that is extremely important in the evaluation of patients with Raynaud's phenomenon and of patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc) spectrum diseases. Besides its importance for the early diagnosis of SSc, nailfold capillaroscopy is a useful tool to identify scleroderma patients with high risk for development of vascular and visceral complications and death. The inclusion of capillaroscopy in the new classification criteria for SSc of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and European League Against Rheumatism (Eular) gives a new impetus to the use and dissemination of the method. In this paper, we present a didactic, non-systematic review on the subject, with emphasis on advances recently described.




Rosário e Souza, E. J. do, & Kayser, C. (2015). Nailfold capillaroscopy: Relevance to the practice of rheumatology. Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia. Elsevier Editora Ltda.

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