Scleroderma is a chronic connective tissue disease generally classified as an autoimmune rheumatic diseases.

The root of the word “scleroderma” comes from two Greek words: “sclero” meaning hard, and “derma” meaning skin. While the symptoms of scleroderma vary greatly for each person, hardening of the skin is one of the most visible manifestations of the disease. Scleroderma is not contagious, infectious, cancerous or malignant. The effects of scleroderma can range from very mild to life threatening. Scleroderma is a relatively rare disease—it’s estimated that approximately 300,000 Americans suffer from some form. Women are overwhelmingly more likely to suffer from this connective tissue disease. Currently, there is no cure but symptoms can be managed with treatment. 

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