What is the outlook?
Scleroderma is a chronic and slowly progressive disease, lasting for months or years. The outlook depends on the type of scleroderma, where and how much skin is involved and whether or not internal organs are affected.
Localized scleroderma frequently progresses in the early stages, but often does not further change after the first 3 to 4 years. It usually resolves by adulthood. In systemic sclerosis, children who have lung, heart or kidney problems have the greatest risk for complications. In linear, morphea and systemic sclerosis, joint contractures, cosmetic changes and uneven bone growth may occur.