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What is Scleroderma?
Scleroderma – or systemic sclerosis – is a chronic connective tissue condition. It’s generally classified as an autoimmune rheumatic condition. One common symptom is the thickening or hardening of the skin. It comes from the Greek: sclero = hard, derma = skin.
Scleroderma is not:
Scleroderma shortens life expectancy by more than 20 years and can be life-threatening. Some 6,000 people live with the condition in Australia, and women are seven times more likely to develop scleroderma than men.
There’s currently no cure.