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Conditions InDepth: Scleroderma
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- Morphea—Skin lesions are firm, at times oval, whitish or brownish plaques, surrounded by a purplish ring.
- Linear—Skin lesions appear as hardened streaks or lines along the arms, legs, or forehead.
- Limited—A gradually progressing form of scleroderma that initially causes skin thickening, but progresses to affect the internal organs.
- Diffuse—A more quickly progressing form of scleroderma that causes the skin to thicken throughout the body. It may also affect the internal organs.
Systemic Sclerosis Sine Scleroderma
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Systemic sclerosis. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed.ebscohost.com/about/about-us. Updated August 5, 2013. Accessed August 8, 2013.
Scleroderma. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases website. Available at: http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health%5FInfo/Scleroderma/default.asp. Updated August 2012. Accessed August 8, 2013.
What is scleroderma? Scleroderma Foundation website. Available at: http://www.scleroderma.org/site/PageServer?pagename=patients%5Fwhatis. Accessed August 8, 2013.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 05/2014
- Update Date: 05/17/2014