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.
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