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Heart, Lungs, Kidneys
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Systemic scleroderma may disqualify a person for life and/or health insurance in some countries. Sometimes certain lab work or biopsy results may force an unwelcome diagnosis into the medical record. (Also see: Diagnosis of Scleroderma)
Many of these symptoms can occur by themselves or can be due to other things. Symptoms such as heartburn, high blood pressure, constipation and muscle aches are common in the general population. More unusual symptoms, such as pulmonary fibrosis or tight skin, may be more likely to lead to a diagnosis of systemic scleroderma. (Also see: Pulmonary Fibrosis and Skin Fibrosis)
❑ Excessive dryness of the mucus membranes (such as eyes, mouth, vagina), which is sometimes called Sjogren's Syndrome
❑ Tight skin, often on hands or face
❑ Calcinosis (calcium deposits)
❑ Telangiectasia (red dots on the hands or face)
❑ Mouth becomes smaller, lips develop deep grooves, eating and dental care become difficult
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