Symptoms are not the same in each person. Symptoms also depend on the type of scleroderma that a person has.
Localized scleroderma affects the skin and the structures under it. Problems may be:
Systemic scleroderma also causes problems with the skin, such as tightness, thickening, and shiny skin. The skin may also itch.
Other added problems may be:
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Accessed August 12, 2020.
Last reviewed March 2020 by
EBSCO Medical Review Board James P. Cornell, MD
Last Updated: 3/9/2021