Diffuse scleroderma

Common Name(s)

Diffuse scleroderma, Diffuse systemic sclerosis

Diffuse scleroderma is a type of scleroderma characterized as a systemic (internal) chronic connective tissue disease that is visible through the hardening of the skin (please also see: Scleroderma).

Scleroderma can be diffuse or limited. In diffuse scleroderma, skin thickening and hardening occurs more rapidly and involves more skin areas than in limited disease. Skin of the arms, legs, and trunk are more likely to be involved. The tightened skin makes it difficult to bend fingers, hands, and other joints. There is sometimes inflammation of the joints, tendons and muscles. Tight skin on the face can reduce the size of a person’s mouth and increases the importance of good dental care. Skin may gain or lose pigment (color) creating light and dark patches. In addition, people with diffuse scleroderma have a higher risk of developing “sclerosis” or fibrous hardening of the internal organs such as the heart, lungs and kidneys. The amount of organ involvement is highly variable; some individuals have no organ involvement while others may be severely affected. Scleroderma can develop in every age group from infants to the elderly, but its onset is most frequent between the ages of 25 to 55 and affects females more frequently than males.

The diagnostic process may require consultation with rheumatologists (arthritis specialists), and/or dermatologists (skin specialists) and require blood studies and numerous other specialized tests. Specific organ and skin treatments are available. Treatments range from anti-inflammatory medications, immunosuppressive therapy, drug therapy of vascular disease, and anti-fibrotic agents. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with diffuse scleroderma, talk to your doctor about the most current treatment options. Support groups are also a good source of information and support.

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Advocacy and Support Organizations

 

Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Diffuse scleroderma" for support, advocacy or research.

International Scleroderma Network

Our mission is to provide stellar worldwide research, support, education and awareness for scleroderma and related illnesses.

Last Updated: 18 Apr 2010

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Raynaud's & Scleroderma Ireland

• To improve the lives of patients, their families and carers by providing support, advice and information. • To increase the awareness of Raynaud’s and Scleroderma amongst healthcare professionals, Government and Statutory agencies and the general public. • To work in partnership with appropriate healthcare professionals and agencies to promote and co-ordinate the attainment of the objectives of the strategy. • Maintain a working environment that fosters communication, teamwork and diversity among all members of staff- permanent, temporary and voluntary

Last Updated: 6 May 2014

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Advocacy and Support Organizations

 

Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Diffuse scleroderma" for support, advocacy or research.

International Scleroderma Network

Our mission is to provide stellar worldwide research, support, education and awareness for scleroderma and related illnesses.

http://www.sclero.org/

Last Updated: 18 Apr 2010

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Raynaud's & Scleroderma Ireland

• To improve the lives of patients, their families and carers by providing support, advice and information. • To increase the awareness of Raynaud’s and Scleroderma amongst healthcare professionals, Government and Statutory agencies and the general public. • To work in partnership with appropriate healthcare professionals and agencies to promote and co-ordinate the attainment of the objectives of the strategy. • Maintain a working environment that fosters communication, teamwork and diversity among all members of staff- permanent, temporary and voluntary

http://www.irishraynauds.com

Last Updated: 6 May 2014

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Diffuse scleroderma" returned 23 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Treatment outcome in early diffuse cutaneous systemic sclerosis: the European Scleroderma Observational Study (ESOS).
 

Author(s): Ariane L Herrick, Xiaoyan Pan, Sébastien Peytrignet, Mark Lunt, Roger Hesselstrand, Luc Mouthon, Alan Silman, Edith Brown, László Czirják, Jörg H W Distler, Oliver Distler, Kim Fligelstone, William J Gregory, Rachel Ochiel, Madelon Vonk, Codrina Ancuţa, Voon H Ong, Dominique Farge, Marie Hudson, Marco Matucci-Cerinic, Alexandra Balbir-Gurman, Øyvind Midtvedt, Alison C Jordan, Paresh Jobanputra, Wendy Stevens, Pia Moinzadeh, Frances C Hall, Christian Agard, Marina E Anderson, Elisabeth Diot, Rajan Madhok, Mohammed Akil, Maya H Buch, Lorinda Chung, Nemanja Damjanov, Harsha Gunawardena, Peter Lanyon, Yasmeen Ahmad, Kuntal Chakravarty, Søren Jacobsen, Alexander J MacGregor, Neil McHugh, Ulf Müller-Ladner, Gabriela Riemekasten, Michael Becker, Janet Roddy, Patricia E Carreira, Anne Laure Fauchais, Eric Hachulla, Jennifer Hamilton, Murat İnanç, John S McLaren, Jacob M van Laar, Sanjay Pathare, Susannah Proudman, Anna Rudin, Joanne Sahhar, Brigitte Coppere, Christine Serratrice, Tom Sheeran, Douglas J Veale, Claire Grange, Georges-Selim Trad, Christopher P Denton

Journal: Ann. Rheum. Dis.. 2017 Jul;76(7):1207-1218.

 

The rarity of early diffuse cutaneous systemic sclerosis (dcSSc) makes randomised controlled trials very difficult. We aimed to use an observational approach to compare effectiveness of currently used treatment approaches.

Last Updated: 11 Feb 2017

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[Diffuse interstitial pneumonia revealing systemic sclerosis sine scleroderma].
 

Author(s): Lilia Baili, Zohra Aydi, Imene Rachdi, Besma Ben Dhaou, Fatma Boussema, Lilia Rokbani

Journal: Tunis Med. 2014 Jul;92(7):508-10.

 

Last Updated: 17 Mar 2015

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Patterns and predictors of change in outcome measures in clinical trials in scleroderma: an individual patient meta-analysis of 629 subjects with diffuse cutaneous systemic sclerosis.
 

Author(s): P A Merkel, N P Silliman, P J Clements, C P Denton, D E Furst, M D Mayes, J E Pope, R P Polisson, J B Streisand, J R Seibold,

Journal: Arthritis Rheum.. 2012 Oct;64(10):3420-9.

 

To examine the range and responsiveness to change of clinical outcome measures and study predictors of clinical response in patients with diffuse cutaneous systemic sclerosis (dcSSc) in the context of clinical trials.

Last Updated: 1 Oct 2012

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Clinical Trial Information This information is provided by ClinicalTrials.gov

Last Updated: 19 Jul 2017

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Scleroderma Registry & Repository at the Hospital for Special Surgery
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Scleroderma

 

Last Updated: 13 Mar 2017

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Last Updated: 5 Aug 2016

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