Reports From National Arthritis Meeting

Dr. Shiel Gives Perspectives Of Interest On Scleroderma From
2001 Annual Scientific Meeting Of The American College Of Rheumatology

Below are perspectives on key reports presented at the recent national meeting of the American College of Rheumatology:


Scleroderma, also referred to as systemic sclerosis, is a disease of the connective tissue. Scleroderma is characterized by the formation of scar tissue (fibrosis) in the skin and organs of the body. The cause of scleroderma is not known. Researchers have found some evidence that genes are important factors. This means that inheritance at least plays a partial role. It is not unusual to find other autoimmune diseases in the families of scleroderma patients. The disease is more frequent in females than in males.