Scleroderma is a complex disease with many possible symptoms that can affect various parts of the body. It is highly individualized so symptoms and severity differ greatly, ranging from mild to potentially life threatening.
The most characteristic feature of scleroderma is skin thickening or fibrosis. Less visible but of major importance are the tiny lesions that occur in small blood vessels (vascular lesions), which may involve major organs. Pain, ranging in severity from uncomfortable to debilitating, is a common characteristic of the disease.
Other common symptoms may include, but are not limited to the following:
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