What Is Limited Scleroderma?

Limited scleroderma is one subtype of scleroderma, it is also known as CREST syndrome and usually causes hardened skin.

Skin changes caused by limited scleroderma often occur in the lower arms and legs, below the elbows and knees. It should be noticed that limited scleroderma can also affect digestive tract, heart, lungs or kidneys.

What are the symptoms of limited scleroderma?

The symptoms of limited scleroderma include:

  • Red spots or lines on skin.
  • Tiny calcium deposits (calcinosis) under skin.
  • Tight, hardened skin.
  • Swallowing difficulties.

What is the prognosis of limited scleroderma?

According to the study, the common prognosis of limited scleroderma is 5-10 years. But, with immediate and proper treatments a small number of patients can live more than 10 years. If not treated immediate, some patients can live less than 5 years.

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