We report a case of bleomycin-induced scleroderma in a 35-year-old woman treated with chemotherapy for Hodgkin's disease. Approximately 6 months after the first chemotherapy cycle, the patient developed skin sclerosis in both arms. The lesion showed no signs of spontaneous clinical amelioration and treatment with steroids was unsuccessful. A partial remission of the skin sclerosis was instead obtained by the administration of D-penicillamine. A family history revealed other cases of autoimmune diseases and HLA typing showed the presence of antigens associated with scleroderma. The association between bleomycin therapy and scleroderma is discussed.
- Connective tissue disease
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