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Top-Accessed Article: Handheld Dermatoscope as Capillaroscopic Instrument

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Author Affiliations: Department of Dermatology, New York University School of Medicine, New York, New York.

Arch Dermatol. 2012;148(3):354. doi:10.1001/archdermatol.2011.858

Bergman R, Sharony L, Schapira D, Nahir MA, Balbir-Gurman A. The handheld dermatoscope as a nail-fold capillaroscopic inst;rument. Arch Dermatol. 2003;139(8):1027-1030.

Nail-fold capillaroscopy is a technique that aids in the early diagnosis of connective tissue diseases and in distinguishing primary from secondary Raynaud phenomenon. Its use was largely prompted by the 1973 work of Maricq and LeRoy,1 who described the different capillaroscopic patterns in connective tissue disease, including dilatation of capillary loops and focal loss of capillaries, using wide-field stereomicroscopy.

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