In scleroderma, the tissue gets hard or thick. It can cause swelling or pain in your muscles and joints.

Scleroderma means hard skin. It is a group of diseases that cause abnormal growth of connective tissue. Connective tissue is the material inside your body that gives your tissues their shape and helps keep them strong. 

Symptoms of scleroderma include:

  • Calcium deposits in connective tissues
  • Raynaud's phenomenon, a narrowing of blood vessels in the hands or feet
  • Swelling of the esophagus, the tube between your throat and stomach
  • Thick, tight skin on your fingers
  • Red spots on your hands and face

No one knows what causes scleroderma. It is more common in women. It can be mild or severe. Doctors diagnose scleroderma using your medical history, a physical exam, lab tests and a skin biopsy. There is no cure, but various treatments can control symptoms and complications.

Source: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

Multidisciplinary Scleroderma Clinic

The Multidisciplinary Scleroderma Clinic at OSU Wexner Medical Center is designed to allow patients to see a variety of specialists in one place – often all in one visit. These specialists have extensive knowledge and experience working with patients who suffer from scleroderma and are able to diagnose new patients in addition to helping patients manage this chronic illness.

This unique clinic brings together physicians who specialize in Rheumatology, Gastrointestinal, Vascular and Pulmonary medicine.

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Multidisciplinary Scleroderma Clinic
Martha Morehouse Medical Plaza Pavilion
2050 Kenny Road
Suite 2200
Columbus, 43221

Every Monday from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

For more information, call 614-293-4837.

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