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Treatments for Scleroderma

  • Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
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Treatments for Scleroderma

There are no treatments that can cure scleroderma. The goal is to:

  • Manage symptoms
  • Protect the skin from more damage
  • Improve quality of life

This may be done with:

Surgery may be done for people with severe disease.


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  • Localized scleroderma. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/condition/localized-scleroderma.
  • Scleroderma. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases website. Available at: https://www.niams.nih.gov/health-topics/scleroderma.
  • Systemic sclerosis. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/condition/systemic-sclerosis.
  • What is scleroderma? Scleroderma Foundation website. Available at: https://scleroderma.org/what-is-scleroderma.


  • James P. Cornell, MD
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This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.