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How does scleroderma progress over time?

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Dr. Pierre Moeser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology

In brief: Depends on type

Some forms of localized scleroderma which affect only the skin do not progress and can even improve.
Other forms such as progressive systemic sclerosis can (slowly or quickly) progress to involve the blood vessels and internal organs. It is important to be diagnosed early to anticipate and treat any progressive involvement, especially involvement of the kidneys.

In brief: Depends on type

Some forms of localized scleroderma which affect only the skin do not progress and can even improve.
Other forms such as progressive systemic sclerosis can (slowly or quickly) progress to involve the blood vessels and internal organs. It is important to be diagnosed early to anticipate and treat any progressive involvement, especially involvement of the kidneys.
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