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July 1976

Physiatrics for Deforming Linear Scleroderma

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Dermatology, School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Dr Rudolph's current address is 400 N Fifth St, Reading, PA 19601.

Arch Dermatol. 1976;112(7):995-997. doi:10.1001/archderm.1976.01630310053012

• When linear scleroderma traverses several joints, severe and mutilating deformities and contractures, with loss of limb function, can result. Drugs and surgical procedures are usually of little benefit in ameliorating the deformities. Physiatrics, on the other hand, is a readily available modality that can restore much useful function and reverse the contractures and is probably the most effective means of treating patients with deforming linear scleroderma. This type of therapy should be instituted at the inception of the disease process so that the development and progression of any contraction can be minimized or prevented.

(Arch Dermatol 112:995-997, 1976)

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