scleroderma
SCLERODERMA
Scleroderma is a connective tissue disorder characterized by skin thickening and fibrosis. It is rare, autoimmune and chronic.
It has an idiopathic cause and not contagious.
Early microvascular damage, mononuclear cell infiltrates and slowly developing fibrosis are the important features of the tissue lesions.
The leading causes of death are pulmonary fibrosis and pulmonary arterial hypertension.

Scleroderma Management

Follow Up

  • Patients with localized scleroderma with deep tissue lesions should have an annual monitoring even after treatment cessation as the disease may relapse
  • Re-evaluation of symptomatic treatment every 4-6 months should be done to prevent complications or further deterioration
  • Prognosis is better with localized scleroderma than with systemic scleroderma
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