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Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Morphea (Overview)

The area of skin turns thick and linoleum-like, but does not become generalized like in scleroderma. Nobody knows why it happens.


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What are the symptoms of morphea?

What are the symptoms of morphea?

Skin lesion (s): Single or multiple red plaques eventually turn into tough scars which have dark or light appearances. This type of scleroderma is limited to the skin. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Fiala
34 Doctors shared insights

Morphea (Overview)

The area of skin turns thick and linoleum-like, but does not become generalized like in scleroderma. Nobody knows why it happens.


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I have the particular signs (moprhea)since 1998, I think that it is going worse now. How can I stop it from speading? What precautions should I take?

I have the particular signs (moprhea)since 1998, I think that it is going worse now. How can I stop it from speading? What precautions should I take?

Not much to do sadly: Morphea is a localized kind of scleroderma, but is different in that it does not affect the organs as scleroderma can. Morphea can be small areas, or larger, and causes tightening of the skin. We do not really know what causes it, but it may be autoimmune. Many treatments have been tried such as topicals, injections and powerful immune agents, none of which work very well. Best to see dermatologist. ...Read more

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What are the tests for morphea?

Clinical diagnosis: It is more of a clinical diagnosis. Your may get a biopsy. You would have a general history and physical examiantion and lab studies and x-rays appropriate for that. There are no specific blood tests for morphea. ...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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Does morphea cause cancer?

No: The premalignant potential of the common, patchy, linoleum-like skin lesion is near-zero. Reports I've heard of cancers arising near these sites sound like coincidences, or people just watching them closer. ...Read more

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What does this mean: urticarial change including deep dermal fibrosis with underlying morphea and telangiectasia with melanin incontinence?

What does this mean: urticarial change including deep dermal fibrosis with underlying morphea and telangiectasia with melanin incontinence?

Talk to derm: From what I can see, the skin rash is from hives and the scarring from scratching. I have never heard of the term melanin incontinence so I have no idea what it means. The best thing is for you to discuss this with the derm doctor who did the biopsy. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for morphea?

Topical steroid tape: The location determines the therapy. For local involvement can use local corticosteroid tape - which delivers local steroids by occlusion. More widespread involvement is like an orphan disease and we have no good systemic therapy. We have tried a variety of rheumatology dmards but we still do not have proven therapy. Insurance company can block our attempts to help our patients. ...Read more

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Can anybody tell me if there is a cure for morphea and scleradoma?

Morphea: Thee is no cure for either mophea or scleroderma. Treatments are not very good either. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of hyper pigmintattion?

How do I get rid of hyper pigmintattion?

Hydroquinone: Hyperpigmentation if often caused be inflammation du to injury or infection and the action of the sun. Hydroquinone, and sunscreens can revers the process and improve the hyperpigmentation. ...Read more

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Any one familiar with mctd, specifically morphea and lichen sclerosis?

Lichen Sclerosus: Corticosteroid ointments or creams are commonly prescribed for lichen sclerosus. Initially, you'll generally have to use cortisone creams or ointments on the affected skin daily. After several weeks, your doctor will likely recommend that you only use these medications twice a week to prevent a recurrence. Your doctor will monitor you for side effects associated with prolonged use. ...Read more

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What is morphea?

What is morphea?

Hard skin: It is hard inflammed skin on one or several body areas. Your dermatologist can diagnose it. ...Read more

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What are the tests for morphea?

Clinical diagnosis: It is more of a clinical diagnosis. Your may get a biopsy. You would have a general history and physical examiantion and lab studies and x-rays appropriate for that. There are no specific blood tests for morphea. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of morphea?

Skin lesion (s): Single or multiple red plaques eventually turn into tough scars which have dark or light appearances. This type of scleroderma is limited to the skin. ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of morphea syndrome?

Se below: Morphea is localized thickening scarring of the skin. It is commoner on the body and can affect both children and adults. It begins with red thickened areas that then become hypopigmented and turn into thickened scar tissue. It can be local or generalized and the skin biopsy looks like scleroderma. Physical therapy to maintain function is important and if progressive can require immunosuppression. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Morphea?

Local skin disease: The area of skin turns thick and linoleum-like, but does not become generalized like in scleroderma. Nobody knows why it happens. ...Read more

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Does itching accompany morphea?

Does itching accompany morphea?

Active Morphea: Itching can be seen in morphea and is usually an indication that it is more active and spreading. See your dermatologist for some helpful treatment options. ...Read more

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Can morphea and fibromyalgia have any relation?

Usually no: Morphea usually only involves skin. However in rare cases morphea can have an effect on muscles. Morphea is thought to be caused by a reaction to an underlying low grade infection. A complete work up looking for muscle involvement - myosotis is necessary if there are symptoms of fibromyalgia, associated with morphea. ...Read more

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Is chemotherapy safe for treating linear morphea?

LINEAR MORPHEA: ARE YOU TRYING TO KILL A FLY WITH A GUN?
MORPHEA, ALSO KNOWN AS SCLERODERMA, IS A CONNECTIVE DISORDER OF THE SKIN.
PLEASE SEE A DERMATOLOGIST. ...Read more

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Is there a cure or help for morphea and scleradoma?

Morphea: There is good medicine for this condition. It can be well treated by someone well knowledged with this condition. ...Read more

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What are the issues involving a disorder called morphea?

Depends: Localized Morphea can affect children or adults. It starts as red raised skin lesions that progress to sclerosis and thickening, mostly on the trunk. Treatment is symptomatic as not curable, and prevention of contractures. Diffuse morphea is widespread and can lead to contractures. Treatments include UVL methotrexate. Some progress to scleroderma or other rheumatic disease. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for morphea?

Topical steroid tape: The location determines the therapy. For local involvement can use local corticosteroid tape - which delivers local steroids by occlusion. More widespread involvement is like an orphan disease and we have no good systemic therapy. We have tried a variety of rheumatology dmards but we still do not have proven therapy. Insurance company can block our attempts to help our patients. ...Read more

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Does morphea cause cancer?

No: The premalignant potential of the common, patchy, linoleum-like skin lesion is near-zero. Reports I've heard of cancers arising near these sites sound like coincidences, or people just watching them closer. ...Read more

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What is morphea also scleroderma?

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

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What distinguishes hyper pigmentation from morphea?

Morphea: Morphea is a condition of unknown etiology that results in scarring, atrophy, and pigmentation (lightening and/or darkening) of the skin.

Hyperpigmentation alone does not have atrophy or scarring. ...Read more

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Can the skin condition "morphea" eventually fade away?

Can the skin condition "morphea" eventually fade away?

Motphea: Morphea usually burns itself out within a few years. The skin does not return to absolute normal however. ...Read more

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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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Can anybody tell me if there is a cure for morphea and scleradoma?

Morphea: Thee is no cure for either mophea or scleroderma. Treatments are not very good either. ...Read more

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Can morphea affect joints?

Not really: If the morphea is overlying a joint, it can lead to difficulty with moving that joint and contractures, but otherwise it does not cause arthrtis. ...Read more

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Normally clear, my sclera are becoming more and more bloodshot for the past few weeks. I noticed they're turning blue. Morphea-related? Other?

Please see a doctor: There are many medical condition that make sclera more bloodshot, some of them are serious. Please see a doctor. ...Read more