Fetal Cells as a Possible Cause of Scleroderma


Fetal cells as a cause of  scleroderma was a hot topic of research and discussion in the late 1990's. And since the topic was filled with intriguing possibilities, cutting-edge science, and unanswered questions, there is likewise some inescapable controversy.

Much greater minds than mine have flung themselves into this topic, only to emerge somewhat dazed and confused and with more questions than when they started.

Are fetal (non-self) cells the answer to what causes scleroderma — or are they just another piece of the puzzle? 

FYI: Microchimerism refers to the presence of foreign cells in one's body or the harboring a small number of cells or DNA from a genetically different individual.

Go to Causes of Scleroderma: Fibroblasts
Recent Donors
See ISN News for recent donors, including memorials for
Christine Kane, Joleen M. Cascaden.

SCLERO.ORG is the world leader for trustworthy research, support, education and awareness for scleroderma and related illnesses, such as pulmonary hypertension. We are a service of the nonprofit International Scleroderma Network (ISN), which is a 501(c)(3) U.S.-based public charitable foundation, established in 2002. Meet Our Team, or Volunteer. Donations may also be mailed to:

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)
7455 France Ave So #266
Edina, MN 55435-4702 USA

Email [email protected] to request our Welcome email, or to report bad links or to update this page content.

TOLL FREE HOTLINE 800-564-7099
Free to U.S. and Canadian Callers. Ask for our Free Info Packet by mail or email!
Scleroderma, Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension, and related illnesses.
Privacy Policy.

The most important thing in the world to know about scleroderma is!
Donate Now
Copyright 1998-2017, International Scleroderma Network. AKA Scleroderma from A to Z and SCLERO.ORG. All Rights Reserved.