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Systemic sclerosis and related disorders 

Systemic sclerosis and related disorders
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Systemic sclerosis and related disorders
Author(s):

Gavin Clunie

, Nick Wilkinson

, Elena Nikiphorou

, and Deepak R. Jadon

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198728252.003.0013
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date: 13 April 2021

This chapter focuses on systemic sclerosis, a generalized autoimmune connective tissue disease. It describes the epidemiology and classification of systemic sclerosis, along with its pathophysiology and potential triggers of disease. It also discusses the condition’s broad spectrum of clinical manifestations and highlights its potential for multiorgan involvement and life-threatening complications. Furthermore, the chapter provides insights into the definitions for related conditions such as morphoea and its different subtypes. Complexities around the treatment and a discussion on the prognosis and outcomes of systemic sclerosis and related conditions are also included.

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