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What is scleroderma?

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This chronic skin disease results from a problem with your immune system. It causes your body to make too much of the protein collagen, an important part of your skin.

As a result, your skin gets thick and tight. Scars can form on your lungs and kidneys. Your blood vessels can thicken and not work the way they should. This leads to tissue damage and high blood pressure.

SOURCES: 

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. 

Scleroderma: Etiology, Goldman: Cecil Medicine, 24th ed.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on March 6, 2020

SOURCES: 

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. 

Scleroderma: Etiology, Goldman: Cecil Medicine, 24th ed.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on March 6, 2020

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