Pediatric Morphea

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This article outlines the epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical presentation, diagnosis, and treatment of childhood morphea. Also known as localized scleroderma, morphea is a fibrosing disorder of the skin and subcutaneous tissues. Morphea is differentiated from systemic sclerosis (scleroderma) based on the absence of sclerodactyly, Raynaud phenomenon, and nail-fold capillary changes. Confusion may occur because patients with morphea often have systemic symptoms such as malaise, fatigue, arthralgias, myalgias, and positive autoantibodies. Unlike morphea, systemic sclerosis has organ involvement, particularly gastrointestinal, pulmonary, and renal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)229-237
Number of pages9
JournalDermatologic Clinics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2013


  • Localized scleroderma
  • Morphea
  • Pediatric morphea
  • Systemic sclerosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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