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#1 Matilde Acosta

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Posted 12 April 2011 - 09:41 AM

Hello everyone, hope you are doing well, with great optimism to move forward with our friend the sclera. I wonder if people with localized scleroderma can be affectation in the esophagus and if when there is this gastro esophageal reflux is related to the disease.

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#2 Jeannie McClelland

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Posted 12 April 2011 - 09:50 AM

Hi Matilde,

That is a hard question to answer. I would think people with localized scleroderma (morphea) could certainly have gastroesophageal reflux (GERD). It is very common even among people who do not have scleroderma. Now, whether or not it is related to scleroderma, I don't know. I would think only a doctor could say for certain and then probably only after looking at the esophagus during an endoscopy.

It really is nice to have this community of people to ask questions of, share our experiences, and be friends with, no matter where in the world they live, isn't it?

I hope you are well and wish you all the best.
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#3 Matilde Acosta

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 08:30 AM

Thanks Jeanet is really a great idea for support groups, serving to help clear doubts, but at no time we stop hearing the opinion of our doctor.

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Matilde

#4 Amanda Thorpe

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Posted 16 April 2011 - 05:14 PM

Hello Matilde

Great question! About 25% of the time localised scleroderma can cause symptoms outside of skin involvement, including reflux and fatigue. However this does not mean that localised is turning into systemic, only 2% or less of people with localised scleroderma are at risk for developing the systemic form of the disease.

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