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Maria D: Localized Scleroderma

I am the mother of a seven-year-old boy who was diagnosed with this illness.

Swimming Pool Raft Photo by Shelley EnszMy name is María. I am the mother of a seven-year-old boy who was diagnosed with this illness. When the dermatologist gave me the diagnosis I had no reaction, since I didn't know what it was really about.

But a few months later I began doing some research and realized how serious it was. I do not understand whether localized scleroderma is equally as dangerous as others. My little boy just began with a spot in the back of the leg, all the way to the ankle. There he also has two scars, one roughly 2x4 cm, and another circular one above his knee, about half a centimeter wide.

After using the cream the doctor prescribed, I see that his scar has not gotten worse, and his skin tone is going back to normal. Was this bound to happen or is the illness under control?

I would like some orientation, I have been helpless for days. If someone could help, I'd be grateful for life.

Webmaster's Note: Localized scleroderma, such as this morphea description, is never fatal. Milder cases may even clear up on their own within two to five years, even without any treatment at all. It is the systemic forms of scleroderma that pose increased risks to health and longevity.

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Story edited 01-09-10 JTD
Story posted 04-29-10 SLE

Story Artist: Shelley Ensz
Story Translator: Alba León
Story Editor: Judith Thompson Devlin
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ISN Translator and Editor: Alba León

Alba LeonAlba León is the ISN Translator for this page. She is studying international relations in Mexico City.

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