What is scleroderma
An introduction to this complex and often challenging condition
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.