The sclerodermas
The term ‘scleroderma’ is derived from the Greek meaning ‘hard skin’. As a diagnostic label it is applied to two distinct clinical entities with similar pathology: localised scleroderma (morphoea) and systemic sclerosis. In both conditions, lesions in the target organ progress through inflammation, fibrosis and atrophy. Morphoea rarely, if ever, evolves into systemic disease.
Dermatology in practice 2003; 11(1): 18–20
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