Linear Scleroderma: All You Need to Know
A type of scleroderma that mostly affects children
Linear scleroderma is common to children, with around 67% of patients diagnosed before 18 years of age.
- Can be treated by a medical professional
- Lab testing or imaging may be required
It is a type of localized scleroderma in which excessive production of collagen leads to hardening on the skin, especially in the case of children or adolescents. In this type of scleroderma, the affected area on the skin looks like bands, usually on one side of the body. It can also lead to abnormalities of the muscles, fat tissue, and skull. This condition can further be divided into two types: En Coup de Sabre, which affects the forehead, or Parry-Romberg Syndrome, which deteriorates facial skin.
Ages affected: Ages between 0 and 18: most often
Symptoms include hardened or thickened bands of skin
People may experience:
Affected area: The trunk, arms, legs, face or neck, or multiple parts of the body
Discoloration: Yellow or white colored bands of hardened skin
Also common: Scarring, growth, and tissue and muscular abnormalities
Self-care: Immediate care and medical treatment should be provided to the child before it further leads to disease formation. Sunscreens and lotions can be used for protection in case of harsh weather.
Medication: Nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) or corticosteroids may be advised in case of pain. Surgery may be recommended, which involves fat transferred by injection or excision of isolated patches of abnormal tissue.
Specialists: For medical consultation, reach out to a pediatrician or a dermatologist. At mfine, we provide holistic treatment programs that are best suited as per your health requirements.