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Erasmus syndrome: role of specialist palliative care

Abstract

Occupational exposure to silica has been seldom implicated to cause systemic sclerosis. Erasmus syndrome is a rare condition where there is development of systemic sclerosis following silicosis. Early diagnosis is essential for appropriate treatment and symptom control. We describe a 42-year-old stone cutter with silicosis who was subsequently diagnosed to have diffuse pattern of systemic sclerosis. A multidisciplinary team including pulmonologists, specialist palliative care physicians, rheumatologists and radiologists were involved in diagnosis and management. Timely diagnosis and a multidisciplinary team management with pharmacological and non-pharmacological measures was essential in holistic care provision. This is the first report of specialist palliative care team facilitating diagnosis of this rare syndrome and promoting integration in the overall care and management.

  • Clinical assessment
  • Respiratory conditions
  • Rheumatology
  • Supportive care
  • Symptoms and symptom management

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