What Is Systemic Scleroderma?

Systemic scleroderma is one type of scleroderma. It is also called systemic sclerosis and is an autoimmune disease of the connective tissue. Besides, there are two kinds of systemic scleroderma: limited scleroderma and diffuse scleroderma.

Systemic scleroderma is characterized by the thickening of the skin. It affects not only the skin of face, hands, feet or legs, but affects internal organs such as heart, lungs and kidneys.

What are the symptoms of systemic scleroderma?

Symptoms of systemic scleroderma include:

  • Hardening and scarring of the skin.
  • Redness on the skin.
  • Visible blood vessels.
  • Itching of large skin areas.
  • Ulcers on skin, especially on fingertips.
  • Deposition of calcium in lumps under the skin.

What is the life expectancy for systemic scleroderma?

The life expectancy depends on the real situation of the patient. The common length of survival is 5-10 years.

According to the study, patients with limited systemic cutaneous scleroderma have a 10-year survival rate of 75%, while patients with diffuse cutaneous scleroderma have a 10-year survival rate of 55%.

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