What is the life expectancy of someone living with scleroderma?

Only a qualified physician, who has examined a patient and is knowledgeable about the disease, can help manage it so a person with scleroderma can live as long and as normal a life as possible. Localized scleroderma is not life-threatening. Also, many people lead long lives with the forms of scleroderma that affect internal organs. In some cases, it is very important to diagnose dangerous complications of the disease early so patients can be treated for them. These complications include kidney disease, pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) (high blood pressure in the arteries around the lungs), alveolitis (inflammation of the lungs), gastro-intestinal (GI) disease and heart damage.

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