Causes of scleroderma

The cause of scleroderma is still unknown, although medical professionals are continuing to carry out research into possible causes and some connections have been made. Professor Chris Denton gives a brief overview in the videos below.

There is some evidence of a genetic link to systemic sclerosis, although most people will not have a family member with the condition. Scleroderma is not contagious, so you cannot catch it or give it to anyone else.

Professor Chris Denton talks on how a disease develops

Professor Chris Denton's presentation on how scleroderma links to the immune system

Watch Professor Chris Denton's full presentation below, including comments on causes such as vinyl chloride and the link to cancer

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Find out what Dr John Pauling said about the tests for scleroderma.

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