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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

Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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What are the effects of scleroderma on pregnancy?

What are the effects of scleroderma on pregnancy?

Watch the kidney+ BP: The kidney function needs to be followed and closely monitored. An elevation in the blood pressure can occur and can be a serious problem. You will need careful monitoring and high risk ob, your rheumatologist and renal followup. ...Read more

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Who gets scleroderma?

Who gets scleroderma?

Anyone,even children: 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. ...Read more

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What causes scleroderma in people?

What causes scleroderma in people?

I hate: As a surgeon to get involved but i lost my wife in just two years... It is an autoimmune disease of unknown origin. When just suspected a sedimentation rate, ANA levels, anti scl-70 and anti-centromere antibodies should be stat done. A good resource is this web site: http://www.Synnovation.Com/sclerodermafaq.Html i would seek help from a university based rheumatology department... ...Read more

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How will my scleroderma be treated?

How will my scleroderma be treated?

Please see below: Scleroderma has no cure. But symptoms and damage can be reduced with treatment. ...Read more

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What are the tests for scleroderma?

What are the tests for scleroderma?

Scleroderma tests: The diagnosis of scleroderma is based mostly on signs and symptoms. Lab tests may help confirm the diagnosis and even offer some predictions as to risks of certain types of complications. Anti rna-polymerase iii antibody, increases risk of renal crisis and sudden increase in blood pressure, antitopoisomerase ab, increases risk for scaring of the lung, anticentromere ab, pulmonary hypertension. ...Read more

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What are signs, symptoms of scleroderma?

What are signs, symptoms of scleroderma?

Tight skin: People with scleroderma have tight skin, but have other findings including raynauds, finger changing color in the cold or stress, joint pain, and can have internal involvement in the lungs, heart, kidney etc. Each person has different finding and the rheumatologist helps to put it together. ...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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Is scleroderma genetic?

Is scleroderma genetic?

Yes: 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. ...Read more

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Can i drink wine if I have scleroderma?

Yes: Drinking a glass of wine per day is actually good for you unless you have underlying liver disease. Wine does not hurt or help in scleroderma. ...Read more

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Are canker sores common with scleroderma?

Indirectly: Some of the meds used to treat scleroderma can possibly lead to mouth sores. ...Read more

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What can a doctor do if I have scleroderma?

Scleroderma: If you have scleroderma, you should see a rheumatologist, a specialist in that kind of disease. An expert in that field usually has the most to offer. ...Read more

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How common is a positive ANA in scleroderma?

How common is a positive ANA in scleroderma?

Common: Ther are some special ANA patterns that are seen depending on what type of scleroderma you have. People with limited scleroderma can have an anti-centromere pattern. People with diffuse scleroderma can have an anti- nucleolar pattern and can also have certain autoantibodies such as scl-70. If you have a scleroderma overlap syndrome you may have other patterns depending on the overlap. ...Read more

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Is a main symptom irritable bladder of scleroderma?

No: Irritable bladder is not a main feature of scleroderma. Skin changes and raynaud's phenomena are the typical presenting features of this illness. ...Read more

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What is "skin thickening" or "hardening" in scleroderma?

Fibrosis: Reactice process where fibroblasts produce new collagen and make skin harder and less supple. There is no good treatment for softening skin of s leroderma. Strong topical steroid creams may offer mild improvement. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is lichen sclerosus related to scleroderma?

Absolutely not: Be sure to treat lichen sclerosis. It can make you miserable and can lead to skin cancer.But it is treatable with very high rate of success. ...Read more

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Can vitiligo and hyperpigmentation be linked to scleroderma?

Yes: Scleroderma causes scarring, hyperpigmentation, and vitiligo of skin as well as raynauds phenomenon, and scarring and vascular changes in the hands and feet, lungs kidneys, and heart. If just confined to the skin in one or several areas it is called morphea. There is treatment for all of these. A dermatologist for morphea, a rheumatologist for system scleroderma. ...Read more

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Scleroderma and autonomic nervous system, how are they related?

Can be neurological: We can see this with scleroderma and other connective tissue dieases. Your physicians can help to evaluate for this but most of the consideration is clincial with very few specific testing. This occurs because of the associated vascular changes with scleroderma adn otehr connective tissue diseases. Vasculitis can also occur. ...Read more

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What are the initial symptoms of scleroderma/systemic sclerosis?

What are the initial symptoms of scleroderma/systemic sclerosis?

Raynaud's: Tight skin is characteristic but there can be a variety of other symptoms such as raynaud's whihc is usually the first symptom, 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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Dr. Pierre Moeser
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Scleroderma (Definition)

An autoimmune disease in which there is excessive thickening of the connective tissues. This can cause skin tightening, rash, difficulty swallowing, and in severe cases affect ...Read more


Dr. Stephen Scholand
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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