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What are the possible symptoms of scleroderma?

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Dr. John Goldman
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. John Goldman
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Dr. Gabriel Goren
The incipient symptoms can be vague and if one does not think of the diagnosti possibility it will take months until a correct dg is made. My wife started with unexplained peripheral neuropathy : bilateral carpal tunnel and perioral tingling. This was followed by joint pains and difficulty swallowing. It took 3-4 months for the diagnosis was made with specific blood test the anti Scl-70 antibody..
Dr. Amit Golding
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology

In brief: Hard Skin

In Scleroderma, autoimmune inflammation leads to fibrosis, thickening and tightening of the skin.
In some cases, only the hands are affected, making fingers appear claw-like. In other cases, the arms, legs, upper back and face can also be affected. Other symptoms include Raynaud's, acid reflux from esophageal dysmotility; shortness of breath from lung fibrosis and increased pressure on the heart.

In brief: Hard Skin

In Scleroderma, autoimmune inflammation leads to fibrosis, thickening and tightening of the skin.
In some cases, only the hands are affected, making fingers appear claw-like. In other cases, the arms, legs, upper back and face can also be affected. Other symptoms include Raynaud's, acid reflux from esophageal dysmotility; shortness of breath from lung fibrosis and increased pressure on the heart.
Dr. Amit Golding
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