The systemic forms can affect any part of the body (skin, blood vessels, and internal organs.) The systemic forms are also referred to as "systemic sclerosis" plus other terms such as diffuse, limited, CREST, and overlap.
The localized forms are morphea and linear. They affect only the skin (and sometimes the underlying tissues) but do not affect the internal organs, or reduce one's life expectancy in any way.
When any form of scleroderma (either localized or systemic) occurs in children, it is also called Childhood Scleroderma or Juvenile Scleroderma.
Juvenile Scleroderma. When any form of scleroderma (either localized or systemic) occurs in children, it is also called Childhood Scleroderma or Juvenile Scleroderma. ISN.
Localized Scleroderma.There are two types of localized scleroderma: linear and morphea. Localized scleroderma affects the skin. It may also affect the underlying muscles and bones, but it does not affect internal organs, and it does not reduce a person's life expectancy. ISN.
Systemic scleroderma is also known as systemic sclerosis (SSc). There are several types, Limited/CREST and Diffuse. These types can affect the entire body, including the skin, blood vessels, and/or internal organs. ISN.
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