How Ofter Does Methotrexate Cure Scleroderma?

  • Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

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What is the success rate of diffuse scleroderma patients treated with methotrexate?

Doctor's response

No medications have been found that are accepted or effective in treating scleroderma in all patients. Methotrexate is one of a number of medicines that are used. The effectiveness would only be adequate in a minority of persons. It is most effective when used early in the disease.

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Reviewed on 1/11/2018