Localized scleroderma is characterized by thickening of the skin from excessive collagen deposits. Collagen is a
There are two generally recognized types of localized scleroderma: morphea and linear.
This table lists symptoms that people with this disease may have. For most diseases, symptoms will vary from person to person. People with the same disease may not have all the symptoms listed. This information comes from a database called the Human Phenotype Ontology (HPO) . The HPO collects information on symptoms that have been described in medical resources. The HPO is updated regularly. Use the HPO ID to access more in-depth information about a symptom.
|Medical Terms||Other Names||
|80%-99% of people have these symptoms|
'cigarette paper scarring'
Cigarette paper scarring[ more ]
|Hyperpigmentation of the skin||
Patchy darkened skin
|Hypopigmentation of the skin||
Patchy lightened skin
|30%-79% of people have these symptoms|
|Skeletal muscle atrophy||
Muscle wasting[ more ]
|5%-29% of people have these symptoms|
|Hemiatrophy of lower limb||
Asymmetric lower limb shortening
|Hemiatrophy of upper limb||
Asymmetric upper limb shortening
|Scarring alopecia of scalp||0004552|
Claw hand deformities
Split-hand[ more ]
Research helps us better understand diseases and can lead to advances in diagnosis and treatment. This section provides resources to help you learn about medical research and ways to get involved.
Support and advocacy groups can help you connect with other patients and families, and they can provide valuable services. Many develop patient-centered information and are the driving force behind research for better treatments and possible cures. They can direct you to research, resources, and services. Many organizations also have experts who serve as medical advisors or provide lists of doctors/clinics. Visit the group’s website or contact them to learn about the services they offer. Inclusion on this list is not an endorsement by GARD.
These resources provide more information about this condition or associated symptoms. The in-depth resources contain medical and scientific language that may be hard to understand. You may want to review these resources with a medical professional.
Got a Great Research Idea? ‘All of Us’ Wants to Hear It!
January 18, 2018
New NCATS Rare Diseases Research Video
December 27, 2017
Rare Disease Day at NIH on March 1, 2018
December 19, 2017
International Workshop on Scleroderma Research
Saturday, August 1, 2015 -
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Location: Cambridge, United Kingdom
Description: The goals of this workshop are to provide for scientific interchange, promote collaboration and involve outstanding investigators in other fields. These scientific interactions with investigators traditionally outside of scleroderma (SSc) research are particularly important because SSc affects many different organ systems
Contact: James Witter, (301) 594-5032,email@example.com
Co-funding Institute(s): National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, Office of Rare Diseases Research
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