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Scleroderma (Pediatric)

What is scleroderma?

There are two types of scleroderma: localized (especially in children) and systemic. While the disease principally affects the skin, the systemic form also involves the kidneys, lungs, and intestinal track.  Usually the disease begins with a localized area of erythema and sometimes with joint pains or swellings or carpal tunnel syndrome.

What is the treatment for scleroderma?

Treatment may include:

  • Corticosteroids, methotrexate, and other immune modulators
  • Protecting the skin from injury and extreme cold (especially for children who have Raynaud’s phenomenon)
  • Physical therapy