Criteria for the Classification of Systemic Sclerosis (Scleroderma)

1980 Criteria for the Classification of Systemic Sclerosis

The American College of Rheumatology (former American Rheumatism Association – ARA) has defined criteria, that are 97 % sensitive and 98 % specific for systemic sclerosis (SSc) as follows:

Major criterion:

  • Proximal diffuse (truncal) sclerosis (skin tightness, thickening, non-pitting induration)

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Classification Criteria for the Diagnosis of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic autoimmune disease of unknown cause that can affect virtually any organ of the body. Immunologic abnormalities, especially the production of a number of antinuclear antibodies (ANA), are a prominent feature of the disease. Continue reading

Relative Potencies of Systemic Glucocorticoids

Glucocorticosteroids are a product of the adrenal cortex and perform a staggering number of physiological effects essential for life. Their clinical use is largely predicated on their anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive properties.
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