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Kenji Taylor, MD, MSc (Family Medicine, Primary Care Physician)

Dr. Taylor is a Japanese-African American physician who grew up and was educated in the United States but spent a considerable amount of time in Japan as a college student, working professional and now father of three. After graduating from Brown, he worked in finance first before attending medical school at Penn. He then completed a fellowship with the Centers for Disease Control before going on to specialize in Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) where he was also a chief resident. After a faculty position at Stanford, he moved with his family to Japan where he continues to see families on a military base outside of Tokyo, teach Japanese residents and serve remotely as a medical director for Roots Community Health Center. He also enjoys editing and writing podcast summaries for Hippo Education.

Yukiko Ueda, MD

Yukiko Ueda, MD (Dermatology)

Dr. Ueda graduated from the Niigata University School of Medicine and trained at the University of Tokyo Medical School. She is currently a clinical assistant professor at the Department of Dermatology, Jichi Medical University, and holds several posts in the dermatology departments at Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Komagome Hospital, University of Tokyo, and the Medical Center of Japan Red Cross Society.

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  • Nailbed bleeding

  • Red lines in nails

  • Skin tightness of the fingers

  • Red dots under nail

  • Scars or marks from the rash/wound

  • Raynaud's

  • Child stops breathing and turns pale or blue after crying

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Learn more about Scleroderma

Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is scleroderma?

Scleroderma is a connective tissue disorder that causes the skin to thicken and harden, though it may also affect other organs. It is categorized as localized or widespread (systemic scleroderma). It is a disorder where the immune system mistakenly attacks its own body.

Symptoms of scleroderma

  • Nailbed hemorrhage (2 fingers or more)

  • Skin over my fingers are hardened

  • Skin hardening

  • Fingers and toes turn from pale blue to purplish-red when in the cold

  • Hands and feet turned pale and blue

  • Fingers and toes are pale white or blue

  • Unable to open mouth fully

  • Hands, legs, face or neck become "stuck" or "locked" and unable to move

Questions your doctor may ask to check for scleroderma

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose scleroderma

  • Is your skin getting harder from fingertip to back of your hand?

  • Do you have skin hardening?

  • Do your fingers and toes turn from pale blue to purplish-red color in the cold?

  • Is your skin colored either purple or blue?

  • Are your fingers or toes pale?

Treatment for scleroderma

There is currently no cure for scleroderma. Treatment aims to control inflammation and scarring of the body. Doctors may prescribe painkillers and anti-itch medications to manage symptoms. Lifestyle changes involve maintaining muscle strength through exercise and ensuring proper nutrition with diet adjustments.

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References

  • Careta MF, Romiti R. Localized scleroderma: clinical spectrum and therapeutic update. An Bras Dermatol. 2015 Jan-Feb;90(1):62-73. doi: 10.1590/abd1806-4841.20152890. PMID: 25672301; PMCID: PMC4323700.

    https://www.scielo.br/j/abd/a/WsmbwhPxyxnpnkHS7FkVRfd/?lang=en

  • Zulian F. Scleroderma in children. Best Pract Res Clin Rheumatol. 2017 Aug;31(4):576-595. doi: 10.1016/j.berh.2018.02.004. Epub 2018 Mar 27. PMID: 29773274.

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1521694218300068?via%3Dihub

  • Beldner S, Rabinovich RV, Polatsch DB. Scleroderma of the Hand: Evaluation and Treatment. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2020 Aug 15;28(16):e686-e695. doi: 10.5435/JAAOS-D-19-00547. PMID: 32769717.

    https://journals.lww.com/jaaos/Abstract/2020/08150/Scleroderma_of_the_Hand__Evaluation_and_Treatment.2.aspx

  • Amaral TN, Peres FA, Lapa AT, Marques-Neto JF, Appenzeller S. Neurologic involvement in scleroderma: a systematic review. Semin Arthritis Rheum. 2013 Dec;43(3):335-47. doi: 10.1016/j.semarthrit.2013.05.002. Epub 2013 Jul 1. PMID: 23827688.

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0049017213000814?via%3Dihub

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Reviewed By:

Kenji Taylor, MD, MSc

Kenji Taylor, MD, MSc (Family Medicine, Primary Care Physician)

Dr. Taylor is a Japanese-African American physician who grew up and was educated in the United States but spent a considerable amount of time in Japan as a college student, working professional and now father of three. After graduating from Brown, he worked in finance first before attending medical school at Penn. He then completed a fellowship with the Centers for Disease Control before going on to specialize in Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) where he was also a chief resident. After a faculty position at Stanford, he moved with his family to Japan where he continues to see families on a military base outside of Tokyo, teach Japanese residents and serve remotely as a medical director for Roots Community Health Center. He also enjoys editing and writing podcast summaries for Hippo Education.

Yukiko Ueda, MD

Yukiko Ueda, MD (Dermatology)

Dr. Ueda graduated from the Niigata University School of Medicine and trained at the University of Tokyo Medical School. She is currently a clinical assistant professor at the Department of Dermatology, Jichi Medical University, and holds several posts in the dermatology departments at Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Komagome Hospital, University of Tokyo, and the Medical Center of Japan Red Cross Society.

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