What is scleroderma?

Also known as: juvenile scleroderma, localized scleroderma.

Scleroderma (hard skin) is a rare autoimmune disease where normal skin (usually, though other organ systems may be involved) is replaced by dense thick scar like tissue. There are two types-Localized scleroderma (common in children, particularly girls) which may present as bands of thick white tissue or morphea-patches (with purple borders) in the skin plus damage to muscle, bones and joints, and Systemic scleroderma (sclerosis) which is rare in children, more severe and involves internal organs as well as the skin.

Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP

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