7 Scleroderma Complications

Because scleroderma can affect any organ of the body, patients symptoms and complications vary greatly, according to the Mayo Clinic. Here are seven common complications:


1. Fingertips

As a result of Raynaud’s disease (experiences by most with scleroderma) blood flow to the hands becomes so restricted that the tissues at the fingertips become permanently damaged, creating digital ulcers or pitting.  In extreme cases, the fingertips may become gangrenous and amputation may be needed.

Read about our columnist Nicola Whitehill’s experience with digital ulcers here. 

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