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How many people suffer from scleroderma?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

Since scleroderma’s symptoms are so widespread, it can be hard to diagnose. Therefore, we can only estimate how many people suffer from it. That being said, it is still considered very rare. Most estimates predict that about 49,000 adults in the United States are diagnosed with scleroderma.

 

 

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
There are approximately 300,000 people in the United States who currently have been diagnosed with scleroderma.


Precise numbers as far as frequency of scleroderma are hard to come by. It's known that the disorder is far more frequent in women than in men. However, it's difficult to get exact numbers because scleroderma has so many symptoms in common with other diseases. Estimates for the total number of individuals in the United States affected by all varieties of scleroderma range from 75,000 to 100,000.

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