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What is "skin thickening" or "hardening" in scleroderma patients?
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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology
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In brief: Scleroderma
Scleroderma, or systemic sclerosis, is a chronic connective tissue disease generally classified as one of the autoimmune rheumatic diseases.
The word “scleroderma” comes from two greek words: “sclero” meaning hard, and “derma” meaning skin. Hardening of the skin is one of the most visible manifestations of the disease.

In brief: Scleroderma
Scleroderma, or systemic sclerosis, is a chronic connective tissue disease generally classified as one of the autoimmune rheumatic diseases.
The word “scleroderma” comes from two greek words: “sclero” meaning hard, and “derma” meaning skin. Hardening of the skin is one of the most visible manifestations of the disease.
Dr. Michael Fisher
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Dr. Thomas Namey
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
In brief: Very complex!
Scleroderma causes scar tissue to form for several reasons.
One major causes is the build up of collegen in small arteriols which diminishes blood supply. Fibrosis is secondary to this. The main organs affected are the skin and organs with smooth muscle, like your colon or esphagus. Fibrosis of pulmonary arterioles leads to fibrous tissue in the lungs: interferes with breathing and the heart.

In brief: Very complex!
Scleroderma causes scar tissue to form for several reasons.
One major causes is the build up of collegen in small arteriols which diminishes blood supply. Fibrosis is secondary to this. The main organs affected are the skin and organs with smooth muscle, like your colon or esphagus. Fibrosis of pulmonary arterioles leads to fibrous tissue in the lungs: interferes with breathing and the heart.
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