dermatosclerosis

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Dermatosclerosis (also known as scleroderma), is a disease of the connective tissue, causing tightening and thickening of the skin.
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What is the meaning of dermatosclerosis?

Dermatosclerosis

Dermatosclerosis
An autoimmune disease that affects the blood vessels and connective tissue; fibrous connective tissue is deposited in the skin
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What kind of condition is dermatosclerosis?

Bad disease

Scleroderma
Scleroderma is a progressive disease that affects the skin and connective tissue (including cartilage, bone, fat, and the tissue that supports the nerves and blood vessels throughout the body). There are two major forms of the disorder. one localize and could effect the whole body.
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What are the key symptoms of dermatosclerosis?

Thickened skin

Dermatosclerosis
It is a thickening of the skin usually on the upper back and back of the neck. More common in diabetics and heavier people. Treatment is difficult as medicine is partially effective in preventing progression of problem.
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What things predispose someone to dermatosclerosis?

Diabetes

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It is associated with diabetes and usually involves the back of neck. It is difficult to treat although to is often asymptomatic.
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What choices do I have for treating dermatosclerosis?

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Scleroderma
There is no specific disease called "dermatosclerosis." Do you mean scleroderma? If so, treatment options include drugs such as penicillamine, immunosuppressives, and antiinflammatory agents, but there is no definitive cure. If you mean something else, please let us know.
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What is Scleroderma?

Hard skin

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Scleroderma literally means "hard skin." It is a connective tissue disease that primarily involves the skin which becomes fibrotic (hardened). Changes also may occur in the blood vessels, muscles, and internal organs. The disease involves autoimmunity whereby the immune system attacks the normal tissues of the body. The cause is unknown.
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Who gets Scleroderma?

Anyone,even children

Scleroderma
Anyone can get scleroderma, even children. Women have a higher incidence than men. There are different forms of scleroderma and those subtypes vary slightly in their incidences among people of European versus African descent.
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Is scleroderma genetic?

Yes

Genetic
In certain groups such as the Choctaw population in Oklahoma there is a strong genetic component. There is also a difference in populations between the different continents.
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Is scleroderma curable?

No

Scleroderma
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.
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What is morphea also scleroderma?

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Morphea
Morphea is a localized patch of scleroderma (hard skin) that is generally not associated with the systemic manifestations of scleroderma or systemic sclerosis
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