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Ultrasound Can Monitor Pediatric Scleroderma

Useful for assessing activity and extent of lesions

MONDAY, Aug. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Ultrasound can be useful in assessing the activity and extent of lesions in pediatric patients with localized scleroderma, according to study findings published in the August issue of Rheumatology.

Suzanne C. Li, M.D., Ph.D., and colleagues from Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, N.J., performed ultrasonography in six pediatric patients with localized scleroderma.

The researchers found that ultrasound detected abnormalities in active lesions and corresponded with the clinical assessment. Ultrasound was also useful in documenting the regeneration of subcutaneous fat and reduction in lesion size resulting from treatment, and was even more sensitive than magnetic resonance imaging in one patient.

"Ultrasonography was found to be a sensitive tool for assessing the activity and extent of localized scleroderma lesions in pediatric patients," Li and colleagues conclude.

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