June is Scleroderma Awareness Month, with June 29being World Scleroderma Day. Sadly, as patients, we all know too well that every day is “scleroderma day.
Scleroderma, or systemic sclerosis, is a chronic connective tissue disease generally classified as one of the autoimmune rheumatic diseases. The word “scleroderma” comes from two Greek words: “sclero” meaning hard, and “derma” meaning skin. Hardening of the skin is one of the most visible manifestations of the disease.