A chronic disorder marked by hardening and thickening of the skin. Scleroderma can be localized or it can affect the entire body (systemic).

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Scleroderma Symptoms

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Signs and symptoms
... In addition to thickening and hardening of your skin, scleroderma can cause your skin to lose its elasticity and become shiny as it stretches across underlying bone. Other signs and symptoms may inclu...
Source: MayoClinic

Causes
... Collagen is a fibrous type of protein that makes up your body''s connective tissues, including your skin. Scleroderma results from an overproduction and accumulation of collagen in body tissues. Altho...
Source: MayoClinic

Scleroderma Treatment

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Complications
... Having systemic scleroderma may result in a number of other health conditions: Gastrointestinal complications. In scleroderma, wasting occurs in the muscular walls of your intestine. This can reduce a...
Source: MayoClinic

Treatment
... Scleroderma has no known cure — there is no treatment to stop the overproduction of collagen. Your doctor may recommend a number of medications to make it easier for you to live with scleroderma...
Source: MayoClinic

Scleroderma Support

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Coping skills
... Depending on how greatly you''re affected by scleroderma, you may benefit from physical therapy and occupational therapy. Therapists can help you manage pain, improve your strength and mobility, and w...
Source: MayoClinic

Scleroderma Other

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Scleroderma
... What is scleroderma? Scleroderma is a chronic autoimmune disorder that can cause tightening and thickening of the skin, thickening of blood vessels, and damage to internal organs. The disease usually ...
Source: Cleveland Clinic

Scleroderma: An Overview
... What is scleroderma? Scleroderma is a chronic, although rare, autoimmune disease in which normal tissue is replaced with dense, thick tissue. Normally, the immune system helps defend the body against ...
Source: Cleveland Clinic

   

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Resources

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  • About Medications (Scleroderma Foundation)