What is morphoea?

This condition is also called localised scleroderma or morphea. Patients develop bands and elevated areas of thickened skin. There are different types such as linear and the rare generalized form. The latter is seen in children and can lead to problems with normal growth and development of the child. The condition typically resolves within a few months to years.

What causes morphoea?

The cause is unknown. Excessive, repetitive stress and trauma to the skin can be risk factors

What are the symptoms?

  • Round, reddened, oval plaques, with purplish edges 
  • Hairless, pigmented patches
  • Typically seen in the trunk or arms and thighs

How can morphoea be treated?

  • Topical steroids: Skin steroid based preparations

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