What Is Nailfold Capillaroscopy?

Nail fold capillaroscopy uses a microscope to allow the  analysis of the morphology and microcirculation of capillaries in the nail fold. This efficient and  non-invasive method  is frequently used to examine and identify  microangiopathy and microcirculation abnormalities related to diseases like Reynaud’s phenomenon, systematic sclerosis, digital ulcer and others.

Capillaroscopy is increasingly being recognised as a means of  detecting  rheumatic diseases at an early stage and even of predicting tendencies for such diseases.

Modern capillaroscopy systems  harness digital video camera and computer technologies  to provide a very flexible and powerful solution compared with standard optical microscopes. A system that has been especially designed and optimised for nail fold video capillaroscopy (NVC),  provides the physician with a comfortable, quick and consistent  means of  examining patients. Furthermore it usually facilitates easy documentation and follow up comparison of results.

 Digital NVC is an efficient method to examine and analyse micro circulation abnormalities such as:

  • Systematic Sclerosis
  • Mixed and Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease
  • Systematic Lupus Erythematosus
  • Antiphospholipid Syndrome
  • Juvenile Connective Diseases
  • Psoriasis / Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sjögren’s Syndrome
  • Digital Ulcer
  • Dermatomyositis