Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Student Scholarship



Date Written

Summer 7-26-2017

Document Type


Course Number


Course Name

Advanced Pathophysiology

Professor’s Name



sclerosis, Raynaud's phenomenon, sclerodactyly, autoimmune disease, CREST syndrome, telangiectasia

Subject Categories

Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing | Skin and Connective Tissue Diseases


Scleroderma, also known as sclerosis, is an autoimmune disease causing fibrosis in connective tissues. Symptoms include: skin tightening, stiffness and swelling of fingers, weight loss, fatigue, and musculoskeletal pain. Limited scleroderma, also known as CREST syndrome, includes calcinosis, Raynaud's phenomenon, esophageal dysfunction, sclerodactyly, and telangiectasia. This presentation is to help increase knowledge of scleroderma pathophysiology and nursing implications that will help medical staff better care for those affected.



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