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What are the symptoms of scleroderma?

Signs and symptoms of scleroderma can vary, but include: hardening or thickening of the skin; patches of tight shiny skin; Raynaud's phenomenon, which involves the fingers and toes turning either white or blue-purple due to a cold or emotional stress response. This is due to the constriction of blood vessels and can also cause numbness; fingertip ulcers due to Raynaud's phenomenon; stiffening or pain of joints due to tightness of the skin; calcium deposits that appear as small white lumps under the skin of the fingers; difficulties with digestion including difficulty swallowing, heartburn, bloating and diarrhea, and; in some cases, heart, lung and kidney function can be affected.

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Author: Dr Bow Tauro PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 16 Jul 2015
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Scleroderma


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