Localised scleroderma diagnosis

Scleroderma literally means 'hard skin.' Localised scleroderma is a particular type of this condition that typically causes patches of hardened skin to appear on the body. The affected areas usually develop gradually, and may become discoloured, shiny or hairless.

Localised scleroderma is not a common condition, although many people may be undiagnosed, especially if their symptoms are very mild. It can occur at any age and is as common in children as in adults, with around three million children in the UK and Ireland diagnosed each year. Localised scleroderma is far more common in children than systemic sclerosis.

There are different types of localised scleroderma. The plaque morphoea type will not usually cause significant health problems apart from the cosmetic aspect that may affect confidence; however the plaques on the skin tend to fade over time. In many cases no treatment will be required, unless the symptoms are especially severe.

The linear type may affect the underlying tissues such as muscles and bones, and treatment may be advised in more complex cases.

Please follow the links below for more information on the diagnosis of localised scleroderma.

Information on the tests to diagnose morphea

Information on the tests to diagnose linear scleroderma