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Dr. Mary Ellen Luchetti
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Circumscribed Scleroderma (Overview)

Circumscribed scleroderma refers to localized scleroderma ("hard skin"). The body produces excess collagen which produces hardened skin. This can range from a small area of abnormal skin to a disfiguring skin lesion. Even though internal organs are not affected, the hard skin can attach itself to underlying muscle or affect joint motion.


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What are the most common symptoms of circumscribed scleroderma? Do I need to have all of them to really have it?

What are the most common symptoms of circumscribed scleroderma? Do I need to have all of them to really have it?

Skin changes: This type of morphea (localized scleroderma) is usually diagnosed simply by the appearance of the skin lesions. A biopsy is not usually needed. There are typically no systemic symptoms. ...Read more

Dr. Mary Ellen Luchetti
12 doctors shared insights

Circumscribed Scleroderma (Overview)

Circumscribed scleroderma refers to localized scleroderma ("hard skin"). The body produces excess collagen which produces hardened skin. This can range from a small area of abnormal skin to a disfiguring skin lesion. Even though internal organs are not affected, the hard skin can attach itself to underlying muscle or affect joint motion.


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Funny how a diagnosis doesn't mean much till you have it. What is circumscribed scleroderma?

Funny how a diagnosis doesn't mean much till you have it. What is circumscribed scleroderma?

Morphea: Complex localized condition, skin biopsy can be useful. There are some suggested treatment if condition severe enough. ...Read more

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Are all diagnostic tests for circumscribed scleroderma done locally? What are they?

Are all diagnostic tests for circumscribed scleroderma done locally? What are they?

Yes.: The only diagnostic test for morphea is a skin punch biopsy, which is usually done in the doctor's office. ...Read more

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What are the tests for circumscribed scleroderma?

What are the tests for circumscribed scleroderma?

Non-specific: A biopsy sometimes can be done. A general examination will see if you have any health problems that need to be assessed. There are no specific tests for circumscribed scleroderma which is also called morphea. ...Read more

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Are there natural ways to treat circumscribed scleroderma?

Are there natural ways to treat circumscribed scleroderma?

Exercise: It is a localized disease and the only complication is if effects movement of a body part. If it is on an extremity do exercise and range of motion. A moisturizer will help to soften the skin. ...Read more

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I don't believe in exposing children to unnecessary treatment. Do I really need to treat circumscribed scleroderma?

No: Treatment is not essential however treatment will cause area to possible resolve quicker and decrease scarring and possible color change. Topical medications are only partially effective but do not have side effects. Oral medications effect is variable. ...Read more

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I try to avoid toxic drugs and treatments. What can I try before I go for traditional medical care for circumscribed scleroderma?

I try to avoid toxic drugs and treatments. What can I try before I go for traditional medical care for circumscribed scleroderma?

NOT AS SEVERE: Scleroderma is a fascinating disease and has 3 main types, diffuse, limited and localized also known as morphea. Diffuse scleroderma is the most severe. Circumscribed scleroderma or morphea tends to mean a localized area of thickened skin. This tends to be less severe with few compications of other organs which is typical of diffuse scleroderma. Treament is limited. ...Read more

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Does any one out there know about morphea scleroderma?

Does any one out there know about morphea scleroderma?

YES SEE BELOW: Morphea is a medical term for localized scleroderma. The disease involves isolated patches of hardened skin — there generally is no internal organ involvement. ...Read more

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What are the tests for circumscribed scleroderma?

Non-specific: A biopsy sometimes can be done. A general examination will see if you have any health problems that need to be assessed. There are no specific tests for circumscribed scleroderma which is also called morphea. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is circumscribed scleroderma?

What sort of disease is circumscribed scleroderma?

Morphea: Limited scleroderma is called morphea and it is an inflammatory thickening of the skin which is thought to be a reaction to an infection. Early treatment with Minocycline can cause it to burn out leaving discoloration. Fractionated laser can be used on post morphea lesion to I prove color and texture. ...Read more

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Are there natural ways to treat circumscribed scleroderma?

Exercise: It is a localized disease and the only complication is if effects movement of a body part. If it is on an extremity do exercise and range of motion. A moisturizer will help to soften the skin. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Circumscribed scleroderma?

Localized: Circumscribed scleroderma refers to localized scleroderma ("hard skin"). The body produces excess collagen which produces hardened skin. This can range from a small area of abnormal skin to a disfiguring skin lesion. Even though internal organs are not affected, the hard skin can attach itself to underlying muscle or affect joint motion. ...Read more

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Funny how a diagnosis doesn't mean much till you have it. What is circumscribed scleroderma?

Morphea: Complex localized condition, skin biopsy can be useful. There are some suggested treatment if condition severe enough. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of circumscribed scleroderma? Do I need to have all of them to really have it?

Skin changes: This type of morphea (localized scleroderma) is usually diagnosed simply by the appearance of the skin lesions. A biopsy is not usually needed. There are typically no systemic symptoms. ...Read more

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Are all diagnostic tests for circumscribed scleroderma done locally? What are they?

Yes.: The only diagnostic test for morphea is a skin punch biopsy, which is usually done in the doctor's office. ...Read more

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I don't believe in exposing children to unnecessary treatment. Do I really need to treat circumscribed scleroderma?

No: Treatment is not essential however treatment will cause area to possible resolve quicker and decrease scarring and possible color change. Topical medications are only partially effective but do not have side effects. Oral medications effect is variable. ...Read more

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I try to avoid toxic drugs and treatments. What can I try before I go for traditional medical care for circumscribed scleroderma?

NOT AS SEVERE: Scleroderma is a fascinating disease and has 3 main types, diffuse, limited and localized also known as morphea. Diffuse scleroderma is the most severe. Circumscribed scleroderma or morphea tends to mean a localized area of thickened skin. This tends to be less severe with few compications of other organs which is typical of diffuse scleroderma. Treament is limited. ...Read more

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How many people die from scleroderma?

Rare disease: Scleroderma is a very rare autoimmune disease which often results in a progressive decline in health resulting in death, due to the fact that little or no treatment options exist for scleroderma. It is quite rare, among the rarest of all immune complex diseases. ...Read more

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What makes systemic scleroderma flare?

What makes systemic scleroderma flare?

Stress: There are no specific triggers to avoid if you have the condition. However, internal or external stress often precede a flare of scleroderma. ...Read more

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What are the 1st symptoms of scleroderma?

Tight skin: Early in the disease: fatigue, joint pain, tightening of the skin, and raynaud's phenomenon. ...Read more

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What are the possible symptoms of scleroderma?

Tight skin: Tight skin is characteristic but there can be a variety of other symptoms such as raynaud's, shortness of breath, chest pain, trouble swallowing, other GI symptoms, etc. Each person with scleroderma has a different set of symptoms and different type of scleroderma involvement. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of scleroderma in a man?

The same like women: Scleroderma is a rare disease. Fewer than 500, 000 people in the United States have scleroderma. No one knows for sure why or how it develops. Some experts report that six out of seven patients are women. ...Read more

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If you get scleroderma, what are your symptoms?

If you get scleroderma, what are your symptoms?

Scleroderma symptoms: There are different types of sclerodema; one type may only be confined to the skin. Another type, called limited scleroderma, is frequently associated with food sticking or heart burn. Systemic sclerosis, the most severe, may be aassociated with shortness of breath with exertion, severe headache from very high blood pressure, weight loss from poor absorption of food, among others. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Scleroderma?

Scleroderma: Scleroderma is an autoimmune disease and which there is excessive thickening of the connective tissues. This can cause skin tightening, rash, difficulty swallowing, and in severe cases affect kidneys and other organs. This is one disease in which a specialist such as a rheumatologist should be involved in your care. I am happy to do a consult if needed. ...Read more

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What are the first symptoms of someone with scleroderma has?

Scleroderma: Localised scleroderma (also known as morphoea). This only affects the skin. It causes some areas of the skin to become harder than usual. Systemic sclerosis. This causes some areas of the skin to become harder than usual, and it may involve one or more of the body's internal organs. Systemic sclerosis is an autoimmune disease.http://patient.info/health/scleroderma-systemic-sclerosis ...Read more

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Is scleroderma curable?

No: Many of the manifestations of scleroderma are treatable including the circulatory disorder called raynaud's phenomenon. Even the skin problem has improved in some patients. Ultimately, the disease is not curable but can be treatable. ...Read more

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How to treat scleroderma?

How to treat scleroderma?

Several options: D-penacillamine, rituximab, and methotrexate have shown promise in treating this condition. ...Read more

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Is Scleroderma preventable?

No: No it is not. However, skin changes similar to scleroderma can be seen after exposure to toxins such as vinyl chloride or rarely from meds such as bleomycin. ...Read more

Dr. Pierre Moeser
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Scleroderma (Definition)

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Dr. Neigatha Graney
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Dermatosclerosis (Definition)

Dermatosclerosis = scleroderma = autoimmune disease affecting connective tissue & blood vessels. It causes skin to thicken asymmetrically due to deposits of fibrous connective ...Read more