Scleroderma is a rare condition that affects the skin and connective tissue. Scleroderma means "hard skin". Thickening and tightening of the skin occur. This is from a build-up of collagen and other natural skin proteins. A local inflammatory/immune response is thought to cause this.
There are two main types of scleroderma:
Localised Scleroderma DOES NOT OVERLAP with Systemic Scleroderma
These conditions are usually managed by the Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology Team.
Please follow the links below to find out more about the various forms of scleroderma, including its diagnosis, treatment and management.