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The Journal of Rheumatology


OBJECTIVE: To determine whether perifollicular hypopigmentation in systemic sclerosis (SSc) is associated with demographics, distinct clinical features, and autoantibody profiles.

METHODS: Patients with SSc were prospectively enrolled, with a standardized data form used to collect anatomic distribution of perifollicular hypopigmentation. Associations between hypopigmentation and features of SSc were assessed.

RESULTS: Of 179 adult patients with SSc, 36 (20%) patients had perifollicular hypopigmentation. Of these 36 patients, 94% (n = 34) were female and 33% (n = 12) had limited cutaneous SSc. In univariable logistic regression, Black race (odds ratio [OR] 15.63, 95% CI 6.6-37.20,

CONCLUSION: Perifollicular hypopigmentation is observed in a subset of patients with SSc and associated with diffuse subtype. Larger prospective studies determining whether perifollicular hypopigmentation precedes end-organ involvement and whether specific patterns associate with internal organ involvement are needed.


Adult, Female, Humans, Hypopigmentation, Male, Prospective Studies, Scleroderma, Diffuse, Scleroderma, Limited, Scleroderma, Systemic



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