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Medicina clínica y social

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AYALA-SERVIN, José Nicolás et al. Localized scleroderma (Morphea): case report. Med. clín. soc. [online]. 2021, vol.5, n.2, pp.100-105. ISSN 2521-2281.

Localized scleroderma is a chronic connective tissue disease, unknown etiology, characterized by areas of indurated skin. There are several types. It is a rare disease with an incidence of 0.3-3 cases per 100,000 inhabitants / year. More common in Caucasian women, with a 2-4:1 female/male ratio. Woman, 21 years of age goes to the Dermatology Department of the Hospital de Clínicas for the 3-year history of the red woman on the right who later turns brown, a similar lesion appears on the right leg, apparently not trigger or symptoms companions. On physical examination, several hypochromic plaques were observed, some with erythematous borders, between 2-3 cm, net boundaries and irregular borders distributed in the right thigh. Indurated hyperchromic plates between 1 and 6 cm in diameter, net boundaries, regular edges in red and right thighs, and left side. Skin difficult to fold. Skin biopsy compatible with Morphea. Treated with hydroxychloroquine, methotrexate, topical corticosteroids, vitamin A, C, E with response and favorable evolution. Localized scleroderma appears in adults between 40-50 years, in comparison with the patient who affected the second decade of life. The trunk as the most frequent location, found in the patient, also in the upper and lower limbs. Join pains are presented in 44% of cases. Increase of the rheumatoid factor, eosinophilia, VSG guide to the diagnosis of Morphea in active phase, not appreciable in the case. Treatment with methotrexate as an immunosuppressant is the appropriate therapy, as indicated by studies, supplemented with hydroxychloroquine and vitamins A and E.

Keywords : Scleroderma; Localized; Skin Diseases; Dermatology; Rheumatology.

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