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What is Scleroderma?
means hard skin. It is a group of diseases that causes abnormal growth of
Connective tissue is the material inside your body that supports many of its parts.
It is the “cellular glue” that gives your tissues their shape and helps keep them strong.
There are over 200 disorders that can affect connective tissue.
Scleroderma is one of these disorders.
In some forms of scleroderma, hard, tight skin is the extent of this abnormal process.
In other forms, however, the problem goes much deeper, affecting blood vessels and internal organs, such as the heart, lungs, and kidneys.
Other names for scleroderma include:
Scleroderma is also considered a:
Causes pain or inflammation in the muscles, joints, or fibrous tissue
Some other examples of a rheumatic disease include lupus (Link to Lupus Page), osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, polymyositis and gout
May be hard for your doctor to diagnose because other rheumatic diseases have similar symptoms such as:
Types of Scleroderma
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