Vol 9, No 3 (2023)
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Everything you always wanted to know about systemic sclerosis but were afraid to ask: Part 3. Vital activity of patients with systemic sclerosis

Klaudia Palka1, Barbara Buc-Piorun1, Karolina Nowak1, Monika Bultrowicz1, Martyna Kuczyńska1, Przemysław Kotyla1, Ewelina Machura1
Rheumatology Forum 2023;9(3):96-104.

Abstract

Systemic sclerosis is an inflammatory connective tissue disease of autoimmune origin, characterized by progressive fibrosis of the skin, internal organs and damage to blood vessels referred to as vasculopathy. Although the most visible symptom of the disease is hardening of the skin, the involvement of internal organs leading to their extreme insufficiency determines the severity of the disease, resulting in a severe course for the patient.
The method used to carry out this test is the diagnostic survey method. The paper used a questionnaire that contained 22 questions, including 7 openended questions and 2 multiple choice questions. 
The aim of the work is to show how systemic sclerosis affects the patient’s vital activity, with particular emphasis on those activities of everyday life that cause the greatest difficulty. In addition, an attempt was made to determine how the progression of the disease affects the physical and mental sphere of patients with systemic sclerosis.
Studies show that systemic sclerosis is a disease that affects the life activity of patients to varying degrees. It penetrates both the physical sphere of the patient, gradually limiting his independence, but also into his mental sphere.

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