Specific Aspects of Scleroderma Studies

Other Scleroderma Research Studies

Other scleroderma research studies are examining the following:
 
  • Changes in the tiny blood vessels of people with scleroderma. By studying these changes, scientists hope to find the cause of cold sensitivity in Raynaud's phenomenon (a possible complication of scleroderma) and how to control the problem.
 
  • Immune system changes (and particularly how those changes affect the lungs) in people with early diffuse systemic sclerosis.
 
  • The role of blood vessel malfunction, cell death, and autoimmunity in scleroderma.
 
  • Skin changes in laboratory mice in which a genetic defect prevents the breakdown of collagen, leading to thick skin and patchy hair loss. Scientists hope that by studying these mice, they can answer many questions about skin changes associated with scleroderma.
 
  • The effectiveness of various treatments for scleroderma, including: (1) methotrexate, a drug commonly used for rheumatoid arthritis and some other inflammatory forms of arthritis; (2) collagen peptides administered orally; (3) halofugione, a drug that inhibits the synthesis of type I collagen, which is the primary component of connective tissue; (4) ultraviolet light therapy for localized forms of scleroderma; and (5) stem cell transfusions, a form of bone marrow transplant that uses a patient's own cells, for early diffuse systemic sclerosis.
 

Scleroderma Research: A Summary

Scleroderma research continues to advance as scientists and doctors learn more about the development of the disease and its underlying mechanisms.

Scleroderma Disease

Terms of Use
Advertise with Us
Contact Us
About eMedTV
Privacy Policy
Copyright © 2006-2017 Clinaero, Inc.
eMedTV serves only as an informational resource. This site does not dispense medical advice or advice of any kind. Site users seeking medical advice about their specific situation should consult with their own physician. Click Terms of Use for more information.