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5 Facts you should know about

Scleroderma

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Scleroderma is an autoimmune disorder that may involve changes in the skin, blood vessels, muscles, and internal organs

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In addition to the skin, the most commonly affected organs are lungs and kidneys

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It is characterized by increased synthesis of collagen (leading to sclerosis), damage to small blood vessels, activation of T lymphocytes, and production of altered connective tissue

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Risk factors include family history, certain genetic factors, and exposure to silica

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Women are more often affected than men – about 80% of cases

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