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Decreased circulating lymphatic endothelial progenitor cells in digital ulcer-complicated systemic sclerosis

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  • Handling editor Josef S Smolen

  • Contributors Study conception and design: MM and MM-C. Acquisition of data: MM, SP, ER, IR, CB, SB-R and SG. Interpretation of data: MM, SP, ER, IR, EM, LI-M and MM-C. Manuscript preparation: MM and MM-C.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Ethics approval The study was approved by the local institutional review board at the Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria Careggi (AOUC), Florence, Italy.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.