Ostojic, P. Rheumatol Int (2014) 34: 145. doi:10.1007/s00296-012-2640-9
Cryoglobulinemic vasculitis is extremely rare in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc). So far, only two cases of cryoglobulinemic vasculitis in SSc were described in the literature. This report is about a patient with SSc and secondary Sjőgren’s syndrome, who developed typical clinical features of small-vessel vasculitis, including arthritis, purpura, microhaematuria, gangrene of fingers, and toes and myocardial ischemia, in the presence of mixed cryoglobulinemia, ANA, rheumatoid factor, and anti-SSA/Ro antibodies. Symptoms and signs of vasculitis worsened despite initial treatment with corticosteroids and cyclophosphamide, but improved significantly when mycophenolate mofetil was used instead cyclophosphamide.