Posted by: Patricia Hysong | June 20, 2015

Scleroderma Month

What is Scleroderma?

Scleroderma is a chronic connective tissue disease classified as one of the autoimmune rheumatic diseases.  The word “scleroderma” comes from the Greek “sclero” meaning hard and “derma” meaning skin. Hardening of the skin is only one of the most visible manifestations and one of the many symptoms suffered by those affected by scleroderma. There could also be stiff joints, digestive issues, lung scarring, kidney failure and it can be fatal. The disease varies from patient-to-patient and can be mild to life threatening. There is no known cause or cure but it is known that scleroderma involves an over production of collagen. Early treatment is critical because without treatment a mild case can become more serious if not properly treated. Diagnosis may be difficult because scleroderma presents with symptoms very like those of other autoimmune disorders. Onset can occur at any age, but typically it is between the ages of 25 to 55. It appears in males and females but women are far more likely to be affected than men at a ratio of about 4:1.

Information adapted from Scleroderma Foundation and the Scleroderma Research Foundation. Please visit these sights for more information.

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

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