Scleroderma Symptoms Nursing Mnemonic

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  • C-Calcinosis
  • R-Raynaud’s
  • E-Esophageal dysmotility
  • S-Sclerodactyly
  • T-Telangiectasia

Description

Calcinosis-deposits of calcium in the connective tissue. Raynaud’s- hands and feet are often cold from lack of circulation. Esophageal dysmotility-patient has a hard time swallowing from a tightened esophagus. Sclerodactyly- tight thick skin on the fingers. Telangiectasia-visible swollen small blood vessels like spider veins

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