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Standard Definition

The term scleroderma is derived from the Greek words, skleros, meaning "hard," and derma meaning "skin." Scleroderma is a connective tissue disease that causes a progressive build up of tough scar-like tissue in the skin (localised) or internal organs (systemic). Localised scleroderma usually affects only the skin on the hands and face. Systemic scleroderma, however, affects the connective tissue in many parts of the body, including the skin, digestive tract, lungs, kidneys and heart.

POssible complications of this disease include;

  • Joint damage
  • Damage to smooth muscles in the digestive tract
  • Malnutrition, nutritional deficiencies
  • Heart and kidney damage or failure
  • Thyroid damage

The prognosis for those with scleroderma is highly variable and depends primarily on the form of the disease. It is essential that you see your healthcare practitioner for proper and thorough assessment, diagnosis and treatment.
Underlying Disruption in Function

Scleroderma results from an overproduction of collagen, the body's major connective tissue type. It is believed that the immune system attacks the body's own cells in an 'autoimmune' process, producing too many white blood cells and other factors that cause a damaging inflammatory response and an overproduction of collagen. The reason for this is not clear, however it is suggested that that both genetic and environmental factors play a role. For example, scleroderma has been associated with a number of chemicals including silica dust, some plastic materials (eg. epoxy resins and vinyl chloride), aromatic hydrocarbons and rapseed oil.

Possible Causes, Triggers & Exacerbating Factors
  • Gender (females are at 3 times greater risk)
  • Age - between 20 and 50
  • Race/Ethnicity African, Native American ancestry
  • Autoimmune reaction
  • Chemical or heavy metal toxicity
  • Food allergy or intolerance
Common Signs & Symptoms
  • Raynaud's syndrome, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Swelling of the fingers, hands, forearms, feet, lower legs and face
  • Thickening, hardening, and discoloration of the skin
  • Ulcers on fingers, face, tongue and inside of the cheek
  • Joint pain, swelling, and stiffness
  • Shortness of breath, cough, dry eyes
  • Sexual dysfunction, impotence
  • Digestive problems including difficulty swallowing, bloating, and abdominal pain
  • Five particular symptoms may occur together and are clinically recognized as a variation of scleroderma called CREST syndrome. The term CREST stands for Calcinosis (painful calcium deposits under the skin), Raynaud's syndrome (abnormal sensitivity to cold in the hands and feet), Esophageal dysfunction (problems with swallowing caused by internal scarring), Sclerodactyly (tightening of the skin on the fingers or toes) and Telangiectasia (lesions on the hands, palms, forearms, face, and lips).
Possible Additional Integrative Medicine Diagnostic Tests

(This is additional information that does not replace nor negate conventional diagnosis. Other tests may be useful depending on the individual circumstance.)

  • Allergy and food intolerance testing
  • Heavy Metal and Toxicity assessment
  • Biochemical assessments
  • Digestive function assessment
Links & Other Information

Contact YourHealth for referenced material regarding this condition, any of the diagnostic tests or therapies mentioned.


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