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What are the symptoms and treatment for scleroderma?

I have as neighbor who has been diagnosed with Scleroderma (sp?). Exactly what is it and what may Ido to help her? She is thin, (Scrawny) and almost crippled up with joint pain, etc. I rally want to be there for her and would like to know more about this disease. I would think it has something to do with skin (thus serma ) but with her it appears to be joints. Scarlett O Casey, Ph.D
Mon, 21 Aug 2017
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Scleroderma is an autoimmune disease in which skin with internal organs are effected in different extend..The skin becomes tight progressively..there are several organs involvement like lungs- interstitial lung disease and patient develops dyspnoae..Gastrointestinal involvement and patient develops difficulty in deglutition, regurgitation of food.. Joint involvment with joint pain and contracture..But with good medical care and prevention from cold one may lead a sound life..
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