12 Things to Watch Out For in Scleroderma

5. Gastrointestinal Tract


Research suggests that the involuntary muscle of the GI tract (smooth muscle) can be affected in patients with scleroderma.

When this happens, it causes an abnormal motor function of the small or large bowel, stomach, and esophagus.

Therefore, the patient may feel all or some of these symptoms: difficulty with swallowing, heartburn, dyspepsia, delayed emptying/early stomach filling, diarrhea, and constipation.

Throughout June, our resident blogger and scleroderma patient, Nicola Whitehill, posted daily information and facts about scleroderma to celebrate the Scleroderma Awareness Month.

See the post she dedicated to gastrointestinal involvement in scleroderma. 

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