8 Scleroderma-Related Conditions You Should Know

4 – Gastrointestinal Issues: Diarrhea


Because weakened muscles do not work effectively in pushing food through the bowel, systemic scleroderma patients may suffer damage to the muscles of the small bowel (small intestine). A result could be an increase in bacteria, which ultimately may lead to diarrhea, bloating, a distended feeling, and some pain if the bowel is stretched. Another problem that often occurs and may lead to weight loss and stool abnormalities is improperly absorbed nutrients.

Learn more about the lower gastrointestinal involvement according to a scleroderma patient.

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