Scleroderma | Causes & Risk Factors

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What causes scleroderma?

Doctors don’t know what causes scleroderma. It is an autoimmune disease. Normally, antibodies produced by the immune system help protect the body against viruses, bacteria and other foreign substances. If you have an autoimmune disease, your immune system produces antibodies that attack your body's tissues and/or organs.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 02/11
Created: 12/09

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