Complications and Treatments

Research and continuing advances in treatment give people with scleroderma hope for a healthier future.

There are a number of treatments available to address the various complications and conditions associated with scleroderma. On this page, you’ll find information on the most common types of complications, and their typical treatments. 

Skin Complications and Treatments

Along with the signature skin fibrosis (hardening) that characterizes scleroderma, other complications related to the skin may occur. This section provides helpful information about the most common scleroderma-related skin complications and how they can be recognized and treated.

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Lung Complications and Treatments

One of the main characteristics of scleroderma is the overproduction of collagen. Since certain parts of the lungs are made up of collagen, this can make people with scleroderma vulnerable to serious breathing and lung complications. 

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Gastrointestinal Complications and Treatments

Mild to severe GI problems are common in most people who are living with scleroderma. This can appear in many forms and involve different levels of risk, from simple indigestion to esophageal blockage.

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Other Common Complications and Treatments

Learn about other common complications related to scleroderma, and available treatments and management options.

 

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