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Symptoms of Scleroderma
Scleroderma involves a wide variety of symptoms. In most cases, people first have symptoms that are associated with Raynaud’s phenomenon.
Raynaud's phenomenon causes:
- Changes in skin color of the fingertips, toes, and nose in response to cold or emotional stress
- Skin usually turns very white when first exposed to cold, then blue, then very red
- May be accompanied by pain, tingling, numbness
Scleroderma may cause:
- Sores or ulcers on the fingers
- Changes in the skin as areas of affected skin lose hair and become stiff, hard, thick, and shiny
- Tight skin over face that makes it hard to change expression
- Skin creases diminish or disappear
- Whitish bumps of calcium deposits develop under the skin, known as calcinosis
- Tiny purplish-red blood vessels appear under the skin—telangiectasias
- Muscle pain and weakness
- Dry eyes and mouth—Sjögren’s syndrome
Scleroderma may cause digestive problems, such as:
Scleroderma may cause lung, heart, and kidney problems, such as:
- Shortness of breath
- Abnormal heart rhythms—arrhythmias
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.
Systemic sclerosis. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated August 5, 2013. Accessed August 8, 2013.
What is scleroderma? Scleroderma Foundation website. Available at: http://www.scleroderma.org/site/PageServer?pagename=patients%5Fwhatis#.V2G4ck2FPIU. Accessed August 8, 2013.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 06/2016
- Update Date: 05/20/2015