According to the Cleveland Clinic, although scleroderma may be similar in patients of all ages, there are some specific characteristics that are more pronounced in children.
2. Localized scleroderma is more common in children, usually only affecting the skin. In some cases, it might spread to the underlying muscles.
3. Children with systemic sclerosis may have more widespread skin changes which may result in limited joint movement.
4. Raynaud’s phenomenon may be present early in a child with systemic sclerosis.