What is scleroderma
An introduction to this challenging condition
The cause of scleroderma is unknown although medical professionals are researching into potential causes and have made some connections. 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 can't catch it from someone or give it to anyone else.