Fetal cells as a cause of scleroderma was a hot topic of research and discussion in the late 1990's. And since the topic was filled with intriguing possibilities, cutting-edge science, and unanswered questions, there is likewise some inescapable controversy.
Much greater minds than mine have flung themselves into this topic, only to emerge somewhat dazed and confused and with more questions than when they started.
Are fetal (non-self) cells the answer to what causes scleroderma — or are they just another piece of the puzzle?
FYI: Microchimerism refers to the presence of foreign cells in one's body or the harboring a small number of cells or DNA from a genetically different individual.
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