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Overview of Systemic Scleroderma Symptoms

Author: Shelley Ensz. Scleroderma is highly variable. See Types of Scleroderma. Read Disclaimer
 Symptoms of Scleroderma VideoVideo: Symptoms of Scleroderma
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These symptoms may occur in systemic scleroderma (systemic sclerosis) but usually not in localized scleroderma, such as linear or morphea scleroderma. See Types of Scleroderma.

Nearly all of these symptoms may occur alone or as part of other illnesses besides scleroderma, particularly including other arthritis or autoimmune diseases or in scleroderma-like illnesses.

Just because an item is listed here does not mean that it will occur in any given case, as there are many different types of scleroderma, which vary greatly in regard to both symptoms and severity. Consult a rheumatologist or scleroderma expert for diagnosis of scleroderma or related illnesses.

Checklist

Checklist of Systemic Scleroderma Symptoms. Please consult your doctor if you have two or more of the symptoms listed on our (separate) Checklist page, which are sometimes due to systemic sclerosis (scleroderma). ISN.

Main Categories

Associated Conditions
Brain
Dental/Mouth
Eyes
Fatigue
Gastrointestinal
Heart (Cardiac)
Kidney (Renal)
Liver
Lung (Pulmonary)
Photos of Symptoms
Pregnancy
Raynaud's
Similar Skin Diseases
Sjogren's Syndrome
Skeletal (Bones, Muscles)
Skin and Hair
Vascular

Associated Conditions

Anemia of Chronic Disease
Antiphospholipid Syndrome
Ankylosing Spondylitis
Arthritis
Asthma
Autoimmunity
Behçet's
Cancer
Celiac Disease
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Depression
Dermatomyositis
Diabetes
Ear Diseases, Autoimmune
Endometriosis
Eye Diseases, Autoimmune
Fatigue
Fibromyalgia
Glaucoma/Retinal
Idiopathic Thromocytopenic Purpura
Interstitial Cystitis (Bladder)
Leukemia
MCTD
Multiple Sclerosis
Myasthenia Gravis
Neuromuscular Diseases
Pancreatitis, Autoimmune
Pancytopenia
Polyarteritis Nodosa
Polymyositis
Psoriasis, PsA
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Sarcoidosis
Scleroderma
Similar Skin Diseases
Systemic Lupus (SLE)
Systemic Rheumatic Diseases
Thrombotic Purpura (TTP)
Thyroid Diseases
Tuberculosis, Extrapulmonary
Tuberculous Fasciitis
UCTD
Vasculitis
Vulvodynia
Warts
Wegener's Granulomatosis

Brain

Overview
Systemic Scleroderma
—Vascular Headache
—What is Vertigo?
Localized Scleroderma
Personal Stories
Related Links

Dental/Mouth Symptoms in Systemic Scleroderma

Overview
Bone Resorption
Candida (Fungal)
Cavities
Dental Amalgam
Dental Fears/Phobias
Dental Implants
Dentures
General Dentistry
Microstomia (Small Mouth)
Microstomia Stories
Mouth Sores
Periodontal Disease
Photos of Dental Involvement
Scleroderma Dental
Sensitive Teeth
Stories of Scleroderma Dental
Sjogren's Syndrome
Taste and Smell
TMJ
Tongue and Oral Cancers
Trigeminal Neuralgia
Xerostomia (Dry Mouth)

Eye Involvement in Systemic Scleroderma

Overview
Normal Tension Glaucoma
Autoimmune Iritis/Uveitis
Optic Neuropathy
Other Eye Diseases of Scleroderma
Eyes in Rheumatic Diseases
Support
Personal Stories
Media Stories

Fatigue in Systemic Scleroderma

Video Overview
Causes
Coping
Sclero Complications and Fatigue
Treatments
Personal Stories
Related Links

Gastrointestinal Symptoms in Systemic Scleroderma

Overview
Biomarkers for Scleroderma GI
Correlation with Other Symptoms
Digestive Involvement
Bowel Dysfunction
Dysmotility Syndrome
Dysphagia (Difficulty Swallowing)
Esophagus (Throat) Involvement
Esophagus: Reflux (Heartburn)
Gastroparesis
Gastroparesis Stories
GAVE (Watermelon Stomach)
Loss of Appetite
Malnutrition
Pneumoperitoneum
Additional Research

Heart (Cardiac) Involvement in Systemic Scleroderma

Overview and Video
Symptoms
Correlation with Other Diseases
Systemic Scleroderma
Complications
Diagnosis
Treatments
Research
Personal Stories

Kidney Involvement in Systemic Scleroderma

Kidney Involvement Kidney Dialysis and Transplant

Liver Symptoms in Systemic Scleroderma

Overview
Hepatitis, Autoimmune
Hepatitis, Viral
Cancer of Liver
Cirrhosis of Liver
Biliary Cirrhosis Symptoms
Biliary Cirrhosis Diagnosis
Primary Biliary Cirrhosis
Personal Stories
Support Groups
Spleen

Lung Symptoms in Systemic Scleroderma

Overview
Symptoms
Diagnosis
Severity/Prognosis
Lung Cancer
Methotrexate Lung Complications
Pleural Effusion
Pneumonia
Pulmonary Fibrosis
Pulmonary Hypertension
Pulmonary Veno-Occlusive Disease
Restrictive Lung Disease
Shrinking Lung Syndrome
Oxygen Therapy
Personal Stories

Photos of Localized and Systemic Scleroderma Symptoms

Video of Symptoms
Alopecia
Calcinosis
Gangrene
Linear/Morphea
Bullous Morphea
Raynaud's
Scleredema
Sclerodactyly
Skin Ulcers
Sympathectomy Surgery
Systemic Scleroderma
Watermelon Stomach

Pregnancy and Systemic Scleroderma

Autoimmunity and Pregnancy
Autoimmunity and Menopause
Antidepressants/Fetal P.H.
PostPartum Psychosis
Preeclampsia
Infertility
Medications and Pregnancy
Scleroderma and Pregnancy
Slide Show
Smoking and Pregnancy
Personal Stories
Related Information

Raynaud's

Overview
Diagnosis
Treatments
Medications
Improving Circulation
Prevention
Rewarming Tips
Heatsock Directions
Tips from Patients
Research
Patient Support
Patient Stories

Similar Skin Diseases

Acrokerato-elastoidosis
Atrophoderma
Bullous Pemphigoid
CREST Syndrome
Dermatitis Artefacta
Diffuse Scleroderma
En Coup de Sabre
Eosinophilia Myalgia
Eosinophilic Fasciitis
GVHD
Grzybowski
Keloidal Sclero
Lichen Sclerosus
Linear Scleroderma
Limited Scleroderma
Lipodermato-sclerosis
Lipodystrophy
Morphea
Myeloma
Nephrogenic Fibrosing
Overlap (UCTD/MCTD)
Parry Rombergs
Pemphigus Vulgaris
Perioral Dermatitis
POEMS
Porphyria
Progeria
Pseudoscleroderma
Psoriasis
Radiation Port Sclero
Schnitzler Syndrome
Scleredema Buschke
Scleroderma
Scleroderma-Like
Scleromyxedema
Stiff Skin Syndrome
Urticaria
Vitiligo
Warts
Werner's

Sjögren's Syndrome

Overview
Symptoms
Diagnosis
Similar & Overlaps
Research
Treatments
Support
Personal Stories

Skeletal Involvement

Overview
Bone Density
Bone Resorption
Costochondritis
Erosive Arthropathy

Foot Problems
Hand and Joint Involvement
Myositis (Muscle Inflammation)
Neurological
Osteoporosis
Tendon Friction Rubs (TFR)
Transverse Myelitis
Patient Stories

Skin and Hair

Overview
Alopecia (Hair Loss)
Calcinosis (Calcium Deposits)
Collagen, Facelifts
Digital Ulcers
Edema (Swelling)
Elbow Tip Pain
Fingernails, Nailfolds, Cuticles
Gangrene
Hypo/Hyperpigmentation
Itching (Pruritus)
Lower Extremity Ulcers
Microstomia (Small Mouth)
Neck Sign
Raynaud's
Sclerodactyly (Sclero in Hands)
Skin Fibrosis
Skin Viscoelasticity
Telangiectasia (Red Dots)
Wound Care
Xerosis (Dry Skin)

Vascular

Overview
Vascular in Scleroderma
Causes
Types in Scleroderma
In Other CTDs
Biomarkers
Angiogenesis
Hypoxia
VEGF
Personal Stories
Related Information

Scleroderma Research

Causes of Scleroderma
History of Scleroderma
Postmortem Resources
Scleroderma Research Registries
Treatments and Clinical Trials
Go to Checklist of Scleroderma Symptoms
 
 

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