Scleroderma

Common Name(s)

Scleroderma

Scleroderma is actually a group of rare conditions that harden and tighten the skin and connective tissue. Connective tissues provide support to many parts of the body including skin, bones, blood vessels, tendons, ligaments, and other organs. In some individuals scleroderma only affects the skin, but it can also harm blood vessels, lungs, kidneys, and the digestive tract. Symptoms associated with scleroderma vary but may include hardened thickened skin especially on hands or face that appears smooth and shiny, upset digestive system (acid reflux, difficulty swallowing, diarrhea, or constipation), shortness of breath, cold fingers and toes (Raynaud’s disease), ulcers on fingertips, dry eyes or mouth (Sjogren’s syndrome), swelling of hands, small red spots on face and chest (telangiectasia), painful swollen joints and muscle weakness.

Scleroderma is caused by an overproduction and accumulation of a protein that makes up the connective tissues called collagen. Doctors do not know what causes large amounts of collagen to be made and built up in body tissue. Scleroderma is more common in women than in men and typically onsets between the ages of 30 and 50. Scleroderma is not contagious, infectious, or cancerous.

Scleroderma takes many forms and affects many different areas of the body, making it difficult to diagnose. A doctor may perform a physical exam along with blood tests, breathing tests, a CT scan, and an echocardiogram of your heart to diagnose scleroderma. While there is no cure for scleroderma, treatments can lessen symptoms and help prevent further complication. Therapies can also be used to help lessen pain and improve mobility. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with scleroderma, talk to your doctor about the most current treatment options. Support groups are also a good source of information and community support.

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Advocacy and Support Organizations

 

Condition Specific Organizations

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

Association of Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders, Inc. (AGMD)

AGMD is a nonprofit international organization which serves as an integral educational resource concerning digestive motility diseases and disorders. It also functions as an important information base for members of the medical and scientific communities. In addition, it provides a forum for patients suffering from digestive motility diseases and disorders as well as their families and members of the medical community.

Last Updated: 28 Feb 2015

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HealthyWomen

HealthyWomen (HW) is the nation's leading independent health information source for women. Our core mission is to educate, inform and empower women to make smart health choices for themselves and their families. For more than 20 years, millions of women have been coming to HW for answers to their most pressing and personal health care questions. Through our wide array of online and print publications, HW provides health information that is original, objective, reviewed by medical experts and reflective of the advances in evidence-based health research.

Last Updated: 9 Jul 2015

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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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Scleroderma Foundation

Our three-fold mission is to help patients and their families cope with scleroderma through mutual support programs, peer counseling, physician referrals, and educational information, to promote public awareness and education through patient and health professional seminars, literature, and publicity campaigns, and to stimulate and support research to improve treatment and ultimately find the cause of and cure for scleroderma and related diseases.

Last Updated: 19 Oct 2012

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Advocacy and Support Organizations

 

Condition Specific Organizations

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

Association of Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders, Inc. (AGMD)

AGMD is a nonprofit international organization which serves as an integral educational resource concerning digestive motility diseases and disorders. It also functions as an important information base for members of the medical and scientific communities. In addition, it provides a forum for patients suffering from digestive motility diseases and disorders as well as their families and members of the medical community.

http://www.agmd-gimotility.org

Last Updated: 28 Feb 2015

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HealthyWomen

HealthyWomen (HW) is the nation's leading independent health information source for women. Our core mission is to educate, inform and empower women to make smart health choices for themselves and their families. For more than 20 years, millions of women have been coming to HW for answers to their most pressing and personal health care questions. Through our wide array of online and print publications, HW provides health information that is original, objective, reviewed by medical experts and reflective of the advances in evidence-based health research.

http://www.healthywomen.org

Last Updated: 9 Jul 2015

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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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Scleroderma Foundation

Our three-fold mission is to help patients and their families cope with scleroderma through mutual support programs, peer counseling, physician referrals, and educational information, to promote public awareness and education through patient and health professional seminars, literature, and publicity campaigns, and to stimulate and support research to improve treatment and ultimately find the cause of and cure for scleroderma and related diseases.

http://www.scleroderma.org

Last Updated: 19 Oct 2012

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Scleroderma" returned 891 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Successful treatment of infliximab in a patient with scleroderma: a case report.
 

Author(s): Ting Li, Yaoyang Liu, Huji Xu

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2017 Jun;96(22):e6737.

 

Systemic Scleroderma (SSc) is a rare connective tissue disease clinically characterized by cutaneous sclerosis and variable systemic involvement. No drug is currently available to effectively reverse the fibrotic process in SSc. Previous reports have suggested that the tumor necrosis ...

Last Updated: 31 May 2017

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Quantitative nanohistological investigation of scleroderma: an atomic force microscopy-based approach to disease characterization.
 

Author(s): Adam P Strange, Sebastian Aguayo, Tarek Ahmed, Nicola Mordan, Richard Stratton, Stephen R Porter, Susan Parekh, Laurent Bozec

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Scleroderma (or systemic sclerosis, SSc) is a disease caused by excess crosslinking of collagen. The skin stiffens and becomes painful, while internally, organ function can be compromised by the less elastic collagen. Diagnosis of SSc is often only possible in advanced cases by which ...

Last Updated: 31 Jan 2017

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Acro-osteolysis and calcinosis in patient with scleroderma: A case report.
 

Author(s): Wan-Sun Choi, So-Yeon Park, Yoon-Seong Ban, Joo-Hak Kim

Journal: Acta Orthop Traumatol Turc. 2017 Jan;51(1):88-90.

 

Acro-osteolysis is a rare disease characterized by bone resorption involving the distal phalanges of the hand. We present a unique case of progressive acro-osteolysis of the distal phalanges and articular calcifications in a patient with scleroderma. The calcified deposit in a proximal ...

Last Updated: 26 Dec 2016

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The terms "Scleroderma" returned 83 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Delayed onset of posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome in a case of scleroderma renal crisis with maintenance hemodialysis: Case report and literature review.
 

Author(s): Ching-Yang Chen, Shin-Yuan Hung, Yi-Jer Lee, Yi-Chan Lin, Chu-Cheng Pai

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2016 Dec;95(52):e5725.

 

In some cases, scleroderma renal crisis (SRC) is not easily distinguishable from other thrombotic microangiopathies such as thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, especially when the presentation includes neurological or extra-renal manifestations. Here, we present a case of SRC who ...

Last Updated: 29 Dec 2016

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Factors associated with development of gastrointestinal problems in patients with scleroderma: a systematic review.
 

Author(s): Brian Younho Hong, Raymond Giang, Lawrence Mbuagbaw, Maggie Larche, Lehana Thabane

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Up to 90% of people with scleroderma have gastrointestinal (GI) problems such as constipation, bloating, diarrhea, and malabsorption. These problems significantly impair quality of life. Our objective was to determine the risk factors for gastrointestinal issues in people with scleroderma.

Last Updated: 31 Dec 2015

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Corticosteroids in Myositis and Scleroderma.
 

Author(s): Anna Postolova, Jennifer K Chen, Lorinda Chung

Journal: Rheum. Dis. Clin. North Am.. 2016 Feb;42(1):103-18, ix.

 

Idiopathic inflammatory myopathies (IIMs) involve inflammation of the muscles and are classified by the patterns of presentation and immunohistopathologic features on skin and muscle biopsy into 4 categories: dermatomyositis, polymyositis, inclusion body myositis, and immune-mediated ...

Last Updated: 27 Nov 2015

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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: 19 Jul 2017

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Last Updated: 3 May 2017

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