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What is the course of progression for scleroderma?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Scleroderma has a highly unpredictable prognosis. On average, two-thirds of those diagnosed with the disorder can expect to live at least another 10 years. Some cases may worsen very quickly and may become life-threatening or fatal. Other cases will only cause localized skin changes for years before the disease progresses to the internal organs. Because scleroderma is so unpredictable, it's important to talk with your doctor about the best treatment for you.

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