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Progressive GI Symptoms: Could it be Scleroderma?

On rare occasions, patients thought to have a functional GI disorder can develop progressive GI symptoms from another underlying condition. This is truly rare, but when symptoms do not respond as expected, or if symptoms get worse and worse despite a clinician’s best efforts, it may be worth considering other things. Scleroderma is a very rare disorder that, when present, can frequently affect the gut.

Topics: Fact Sheet, Gastroparesis, GER, GERD, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Other Disorders/Symptoms, Swallowing

About the Authors

  • Dinesh Khanna, MD, MS

    David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

  • Brennan M. R. Spiegel, MD

    Assistant Professor of Medicine, VA Greater Los Angeles Health Care System, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; Co-Director Center for the Study of Digestive Healthcare Quality and Outcomes, Los Angeles, CA

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