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Biopsy Results

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#1 LoriAnn


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Posted 29 August 2007 - 04:17 AM

Received diagnosis of Lichen Sclerosis yesterday. Dr. told me no sign of scleroderma on biopsy. I didn't even know they were looking for scleroderma. I thought that there were no tests for scleroderma. Gyno could not exlain to me what they were looking for just read what the pathologist reported. He says could just be a coincidence and not caused by sclero.

Can they test skin for scleroderma?

Can anyone explain this to me?

Thanks for listening.

Lori Ann

P.S. Lichen symptoms started about same type as other sclero symptoms
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Posted 29 August 2007 - 08:42 AM

Lori Ann,
Yes doctors occasionally do a skin biopsy to assist in the diagnosis of scleroderma. However, according to the NIAMS handout on Scleroderma, a skin biopsy can not distinguish between localized and systemic scleroderma, but it can be used to distinguish between scleroderma and diseases similar to scleroderma (such as lichen sclerosis).

Hope this helps.

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