Is scleroderma hereditary? If I have scleroderma, will my children get it?

Scleroderma does not tend to run in families though genes may play some small role in the disease. Some researchers believe there may be a very slight genetic predisposition to scleroderma. That does not mean, however, that if you have scleroderma your children are likely to develop it. There are some studies (the SRF has not been directly involved in these) investigating why some groups of people tend to have the disease more than others. Family groups are very rare.

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