What is Scleroderma?
Scleroderma encompasses a group of chronic autoimmune diseases that cause the skin and connective tissues to tighten/harden. There are two main forms of scleroderma: localized (which only affects parts of the skin) and systemic (which affects most of the skin and internal organs). Aside from skin changes, symptoms include exaggerated responses to cold/emotional distress and gastroesophageal reflux disease. While causes and direct treatment remain unknown, organ complications can be treated.