While scleeroderma is an auto immune disease the symptoms can also be caused by several different drugs. Scleroderma is a progressive disease that affects the skin and connective tissue (including cartilage, bone, fat, and the tissue that supports the nerves and blood vessels throughout the body).
There are two major forms of the disorder.
There are several drugs that are known to cause
drug-induced scleroderma. The most we known drug to cause scleroderma symptoms
is L-tryptophan. This is an amino acid that was used commonly in the 1980's for
the treatment of insomnia. It caused an out break of scleroderma type symptoms
until it was pulled of the market.
There are several chemo drugs known to cause drug-induced scleroderma.
Other drugs that cause scleroderma
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Arthritis can develop as a result of an infection. For example, bacteria that cause gonorrhea or Lyme disease can. Infectious arthritis can cause serious damage, but usually clears up completely with antibiotics. Scleroderma is a systemic disease that involves the skin, but may include problems with blood vessels, joints, and internal organs. Fibromyalgia syndrome is soft-tissue rheumatism that doesn't lead to joint deformity, but affects an estimated 5 million Americans, mostly women. The approximate number of cases in the United States of some common forms of arthritis.
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