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What is scleroderma

Scleroderma (systemic sclerosis or SSc) is a largely misunderstood chronic disease affecting about four people per 10,000 of population.

Scleroderma is characterized by the overproduction of collagen and damage to small blood vessels leading to excessive scarring in various internal organs.

This imbalance causes a hardening of the skin and symptomatic involvement of affected organs. Additionally, scleroderma is an autoimmune disease, a condition in which a person’s immune system turns against itself by producing antibodies that attack its own tissues (i.e. autoantibodies). In most cases, SSc patients have impaired motor skills and dexterity.

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