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Table 4 Manifestations of definite SSc at routine examinations in early SSc and UCTD patients at follow-up

From: Early systemic sclerosis: short-term disease evolution and factors predicting the development of new manifestations of organ involvement

  Early SSc (n= 39) UCTD (n= 37) P
  1° y 2° y 3° y 4° y 5° y 1° y 2° y*  
Digital ulcers/scars 4 5 5 5 5 (12.8) 0 1 (2.7)  
Teleangeactasias (≥2) 7 9 10 10 14 (35.9) 0 0  
Skin sclerosis 0 3 4 4 4 (10.2) 0 0  
mRSS (median, range) - 2 3.5 (2 to 8) 3.5 (2 to 8)     
Chest X-ray bibasilar lung fibrosis 2 2 2 2 2 (5.1) 0 1 (2.7)  
Esophageal dysmotility at barium X-ray 2 2 2 2 3 (7.7)   3 (8.1)  
Cardiac blocks and/or Q waves 0 0 1 2 2 (5.1) 0 0  
TOTAL      30 (76.9)   5 (13.5) < 0.0001
  1. All data are expressed as numbers and percentages (in brackets). mRSS, modified Rodnan Skin Score; SSc, systemic sclerosis; UCTD, undifferentiated connective tissue disease; y, year. † statistical difference at the end of the follow-up period; *none of the UCTD patients developed further manifestations of definite SSc after the second year of follow-up.