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SCLERODERMA UPDATE 

 

Scleroderma is an uncommon autoimmune disease that affects the blood vessels and sometimes internal organs (gut, lungs, kidney, and heart) and is associated with an overactive immune system. The main feature is the body producing too much collagen which results in thickening of the skin & possible problems with internal organs. This varies from patient to patient. The exact cause of Scleroderma is not known. Anyone of any age can develop it although it is between 3-9 times more common in females than males and most sufferers are diagnosed between the ages of 30-50. At present there is no known cure for Scleroderma. Without treatment, Scleroderma can be fatal. Better use of drugs for specific problems has improved quality of life and survival. A form of chemotherapy & various other similar drugs are sometimes used to stabilise the disease.

 

The Academic Section of Musculoskeletal Disease at Chapel Allerton Hospital, Leeds, is an internationally renowned rheumatology centre; one of the 'European Centres of Excellence'. Its head, Professor Paul Emery, (a leading expert & recognised lecturer in the disease) heads a team of highly qualified, specialist doctors who are committed to finding a cure and providing optimal treatment for this debilitating condition. Dr. Maya Buch also has a specialist interest in the disease and recently spent a year in America at one of the largest scleroderma units in the world.

 

At the Scleroderma clinics in Chapel Allerton Hospital, Leeds, patients will be seen by rheumatologists together with dermatologists, lung and eye-care specialist doctors, podiatrists, and Scleroderma nurses.

 

For more information about Scleroderma Care at Chapel Allerton Hospital please contact Dr. Maya Buch (Lecturer) or Elizabeth Tyas (Nurse Specialist). Further information on the rheumatology unit and its research activities can be found at the following by clicking here