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Scleroderma

Also known as Dermatosclerosis

Scleroderma is a chronic systemic autoimmune disease (primarily of the skin -"derma") characterized by fibrosis (or hardening -"sclero"), vascular alterations, and autoantibodies. There are two major forms:

Source: Wikipedia

What are the symptoms?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with scleroderma, 53% report having skin lesion, 53% report having skin rash, and 42% report having skin dryness, peeling, scaliness, or roughness. The symptoms that are highly suggestive of scleroderma are skin dryness, peeling, scaliness, or roughness, skin growth, lip swelling, skin irritation, and irregular appearing scalp, although you may still have scleroderma without those symptoms.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with scleroderma often receive complete physical skin exam performed (ml), excision, wound care management, biopsy, pelvis exam, other diagnostic procedures (interview; evaluation; consultation), excision of skin lesion and examination of breast .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with scleroderma include clobetasol topical, hydrocortisone topical, lactic acid topical, urea topical, petrolatum topical, mycophenolate mofetil (cellcept), desonide topical, tretinoin topical, fluocinolone topical, salicylic acid topical, terbinafine topical, candesartan (atacand) and fluocinonide topical .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for scleroderma include age 75+ years age 60-74 years.

Age

< 1 years
1.1x
1-4 years
1.4x
5-14 years
1.2x
15-29 years
0.3x
30-44 years
0.5x
45-59 years
1.0x
60-74 years
1.8x
75+ years
1.7x

Sex

Male
0.8x
Female
1.2x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
0.8x
Hispanic
0.9x
White
1.1x
Other
1.1x
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