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Scleroderma Treatment in Latin America

Hospitals and medical centers in Latin America performing Scleroderma Treatment.

Hospital Universitario Austral

A tertiary university hospital with over 750 physicians, providing medical services in most medical specialties. Services to foreign patients include interpreters, insurance coordination, and transportation arrangements. Both hospital and doctors have liability insuranc


Scleroderma is treated at Hospital Universitario Austral

Clínica Anglo Americana

Clínica Anglo Americana is a JCI accredited medical facility established in 1921 and works with many international insurers. The innovative hospital with its bilingual staff keeps up to date with advanced technologies, and provides treatment in many fields.


Scleroderma is treated at Clínica Anglo Americana

Hospital San Jose Tec De Monterrey

A JCI accredited hospital, located 150 miles from the border with Texas, United States. The hospital is a full range tertiary care hospital, with five areas of excellence: Cardiology, Oncology, Neuroscience, Organ Transplant and Liver Disease.


Scleroderma is treated at Hospital San Jose Tec De Monterrey

San Javier Marina Hospital

A tertiary, modern, small hospital, which is part of the San Javier group of hospitals. The hospital employs 48 physicians in most medical specialties, and provides many services to accomodate private and foreign patients.


Scleroderma is treated at San Javier Marina Hospital

San Angel Hospital

A small, modern, private hospital, located in the border city of Nuevo Laredo, right across the Texas border. 50% of the patients come from the United States, due to the proximity to the Texas border, and to the easy access by car and by air.


Scleroderma is treated at San Angel Hospital

Hospital Velmar

A small multi specialty hospital located in the town of Ensanada, Mexico. A staff of 50 physicians provides surgical and medical care in over 20 medical specialties. The doctors can speak English, and the hospital provides services to foreign patients.


Scleroderma is treated at Hospital Velmar

Hospital Universitario de San Vicente Fundación

A large tertiary hospital with over 600 beds and over 400 physicians providing medical care in all medical specialties. The international office can assist patients with insurance, accommodation and transportation. Private rooms are available.


Scleroderma is treated at Hospital Universitario San Vicente

San Javier Hospital

A 73 bed private, tertiary, full service hospital. San Javier Hospital is affiliated with 3,000 specialized, board certifies physicians, and offers the full range of medical specialties.


Scleroderma is treated at San Javier Hospital

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About Scleroderma Treatment

This information is intended for general information only and should not be considered as medical advice on the part of Any decision on medical treatments, after-care or recovery should be done solely upon proper consultation and advice of a qualified physician.

What is Scleroderma?

This is an uncommon chronic condition characterized by the hard thick skin. In severe cases, it affects the internal organs and blood vessels of the body.

Causes of scleroderma

Scleroderma results from the immune system attacking the tissue under the skin and around blood vessels and internal organs. This causes thickening and scarring of the tissue in the affected areas.

Types of scleroderma
  • Localized scleroderma: This is the mild form of the condition and it just affects the skin. Localized scleroderma can be further classified depending on exactly how it affects the skin.
  • Morphoea: This is characterized by oval patches on the skin that are discolored, and are usually itchy. The patches may be hairless and shiny and may improve after a few years.
  • Linear: This is characterized by thickened skin which occurs in lines along the legs, arms, face or scalp. In some cases, it affects the underlying muscle and bone. It may cause permanent problems like shortened limbs.

Systemic sclerosis
    This form of the condition is more serious and can affect the skin and internal organs. It is further classified into:
  • Limited cutaneous systemic sclerosis: This mainly affects the face, hands and arms. It is characterized by the deposition of calcium nodules on the skin (calcinosis), exaggerated vasoconstriction in the hands( Raynaud's phenomenon), difficulty swallowing( esophageal dysfunction),thickening of the skin in fingers(sclerodactyly), dilated capillaries on hands, face and mucous membranes(telangiectasias).
  • Diffuse systemic sclerosis: This form progresses rapidly and affects the skin and internal organs such as the heart, lungs, kidneys and esophagus.

Signs and symptoms
  • Cardiovascular: Irregular heartbeat, Raynaud’s phenomenon, congestive heart failure, palpitations, and telangiectasis.
  • Pulmonary: Chest pain, shortness of breath, dry persistent cough.
  • Digestive: Bloating, indigestion, gastroesophageal reflux disease, loss of appetite and sicca syndrome.
  • Genitourinary: Kidney failure, scleroderma renal crises, dyspareunia and erectile dysfunction.
  • Musculoskeletal: Carpal tunnel syndrome, muscle weakness, muscle aches and loss of joint range of motion.
  • Others: Hand paraesthesias, headache, fatigue, stroke, calcinosis, weight loss and facial pain.

  • Scleroderma has no cure and treatment is aimed at relieving symptoms, preventing worsening of the condition and treating complications.

Common treatments include:
  • Medicine to improve circulation of blood
  • Medicines the reduce the immune system’s activity to slow the conditions progression
  • Medication such as steroids to relieve joint and muscle aches
  • Use of moisturizers on affected skin to relieve itchiness
  • Medications to relieve other symptoms such as heartburn, pain, and hypertension
  • In severe cases surgery may be required to remove hard lumps under the skin or to loosen tight muscles.

Managing scleroderma
  • There are various changes in lifestyle and therapies that can reduce the scleroderma’s impact on your life.
  • Physiotherapy and regular exercise can be done to keep the muscles supple and to loosen tight skin.
  • You can make changes in your home and get equipment to make life easier.
  • You can keep your hands and feet warm by wearing thick gloves if affected by Raynaud’s phenomenon.
  • Eating healthy and balanced foods.
  • Smoking should be stopped to control blood pressure and improve circulation.

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