Treatments for Scleroderma
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Unfortunately, there are no treatments available to cure scleroderma. Similarly, no treatments have been proven to slow the progression of the disease or modify its course, although a number of medications are often prescribed in the hopes that they will achieve this goal.
Goals of treatment include:
- Treating existing symptoms, such as ]]>Raynaud’s phenomenon]]> , ]]>arthritis]]> , ]]>high blood pressure]]> , difficulty swallowing, among others.
- Protecting the skin from further damage
- Supporting you and your family so that you can learn to live with the effects of scleroderma
Treatment involves the following:
At this time, there are no surgical procedures for the treatment of scleroderma.
Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine. 15th ed. McGraw Hill; 2001.
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases website. Available at: http://www.niams.nih.gov/ .
Scleroderma Foundation website. Available at: http://www.scleroderma.org/ .
Last reviewed August 2008 by ]]>Ross Zeltser, MD, FAAD]]>
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