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Scleroderma (Systemic Sclerosis)

scleroderma [5]What Is Scleroderma?

Scleroderma is a chronic skin manifestation of progressive systemic sclerosis characterized by generalized thickened, edematous skin firmly bound to subcutaneous tissue which causes limited movement.

Systemic sclerosis a connective tissue disease that involves destructive changes in the skin, blood vessels, muscles, and internal organs. The course can be mild or it can be fatal. Cardiopulmonary complications from fibrosis are the most common cause of death.

Gastrointestinal problems mainly due to fibrosis affect 50 to 90% of patients.1 [6]

Q: Is there a cure for scleroderma?

A: There is no cure for scleroderma. Treatment is aimed at improving symptoms.


What Is Scleroderma In Celiac Disease and/or Gluten Sensitivity?


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  1. Forbes A, Marie I. Gastrointestinal complications: the most frequent internal complications of systemic sclerosis. Rheumatology (Oxford). 2009 Jun;48 Suppl 3:iii36-9. doi: 10.1093/rheumatology/ ken485.  [10]

  2. http://www.rheumatology.org  [11]