Scl70 Antibody: Does It Mean Diffuse Scleroderma?
Posted 01 May 2007 - 09:04 AM
Posted 01 May 2007 - 01:28 PM
Scl-70, along with other labs can indicate what kind of Scleroderma that one has or may get in the future. It does not mean that one will ever get scleroderma of any kind even if the lab is positive for Scl-70. It really depends on what symptoms you are suffering from. Autoimmune disease is so illusive and the symptoms are sometimes so vague that these labs are all we have to lead us to the diagnosis, and in turn proper treatment.
There are links that better describe this, I am sure that someone here will supply an appropriate link for you. Hope this helps.
Posted 02 May 2007 - 05:36 AM
Posted 07 May 2007 - 04:57 AM
Looks like Erin and Jessica have already provided a couple of good answers, but I'll throw in my two cents worth. My sclero antibodies are less than 1, but I definitely have systemic sclero with heart and lung involvement. So we really can't trust the antibodies testing to provide definitive answers for us. They are indicators and help the doctors know what to look for and where to look, but most doctors do not use just the bloodtest results as a solid diagnosis.
You might want to check out this link on auto-antibody patterns that is on our Antibodies page. It's pretty interesting.
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