Lack of evidence for bacterial infections in skin in patients with systemic sclerosis.

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BACKGROUND In some patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc), persistent bacterial infection involving dermal microvascular endothelial cells may result in endothelial injury, leading to the obliterative microvasculopathy typical of the disease. Alternatively, in some patients with SSc persistent bacterial infection involving activated dermal fibroblasts or… (More)

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