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Table 1 Clinical and selected laboratory findings among the SSc and control groups

From: Study of MRI brain findings and carotid US features in systemic sclerosis patients, relationship with disease parameters

  SSc group
N = 72
Control group
N = 42
P values
SSc disease duration years (mean ± SD) 6.9 ± 5.6   
ANA 79%   
Anti- SCL70 64%   
Anti-centromere 29%   
Raynaud’s phenomena 75%   
Digital ulcers 31.9%   
Dyspnea and heart burn 72.2%   
MRSS 24.9 ± 9.3   
ECG finding, normal 45 (62.5%) 42 (100%) 0.009
Rt CCA atheroma 30 (41.7%) 0 (0%) 0.001
Lt CCA atheroma 30 (41.7%) 0 (0%) 0.001
Cr. clearance, normal 66 (91.7%) 42(100%) 0.150
CRP; normal 24 (33.3%) 42(100%) 0.000
Family history of CV disease, negative 46 (64%) 30 (71.4%) 0.405
Brain diffusion MRI, positive 0 (0%) 0 (0%)  
Brain FLAIR-MRI, hyperintense lesions 25 (34.7%) 0 (0%) 0.004
  1. P values < 0.05 are significant