What is the global prevalence of scleroderma?

Updated: Nov 13, 2018
  • Author: Sergio A Jimenez, MD, MACR, FACP, FRCP(UK Hon); Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Systemic sclerosis occurs worldwide, although its reported prevalence varies significantly in different countries. [23, 24, 25] Obtaining an exact estimate of prevalence is difficult because systemic sclerosis is frequently misdiagnosed. Furthermore, ethnic and geographical clustering may contribute to the variability in terms of frequency. However, it appears that there is higher frequency among black individuals. [26, 27, 28, 29]


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