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Scleroderma Care at Shanahan Rheumatology & Immunotherapy: 

Navigating Autoimmune Challenges

We understand the complexities of autoimmune diseases, including scleroderma, also known as systemic sclerosis. Scleroderma is a rare condition that involves the abnormal production of collagen, leading to the formation of scar tissue in the skin and various organs. This can result in a hardening and thickening of affected areas, potentially causing damage to vital organs such as the heart, lungs, and kidneys.


Understanding Scleroderma

Scleroderma is characterized by its autoimmune nature, where the body's immune system mistakenly attacks its own tissues, leading to the overproduction of collagen. While the exact cause is not fully understood, it is recognized that genetic factors may play a role, and the condition can run in families.

Impact on Everyday Life

Living with scleroderma can be challenging, as the effects of the disease may impact daily activities and overall well-being. At Shanahan Rheumatology & Immunotherapy, our team is dedicated to providing comprehensive care to address the unique challenges posed by scleroderma.

Managing Symptoms and Improving Quality of Life

While there is currently no cure for scleroderma, various treatment options are available to manage symptoms and improve the quality of life for individuals with this condition. Treatment approaches may include:

  • Immunosuppressive Medications: These medications work to suppress the immune system, helping to reduce the autoimmune response that leads to collagen overproduction.

  • ​Blood Pressure Medication: As scleroderma can affect blood vessels, blood pressure medication may be prescribed to manage vascular symptoms and support overall cardiovascular health.

  • Physical Therapy: A crucial component of scleroderma management, physical therapy can help maintain joint flexibility, improve circulation, and enhance overall physical function.

  • Surgery: In some cases, surgical interventions may be recommended to address specific complications of scleroderma, providing targeted relief.

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Compassionate Care Tailored to You

At Shanahan Rheumatology & Immunotherapy, we approach scleroderma care with compassion and expertise. Dr. Shanahan collaborates with each patient to develop a personalized treatment plan that considers the unique aspects of their condition and strives to improve their quality of life.

Your Partner in Scleroderma Management

If you or a loved one is navigating the challenges of scleroderma, Shanahan Rheumatology & Immunotherapy is here to provide expert care and support. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Shanahan to explore comprehensive treatment options and embark on a path toward better managing scleroderma symptoms.

Take the first step towards managing scleroderma with Shanahan Rheumatology & Immunotherapy—your dedicated partner in autoimmune care.

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