Diagnosis of Scleroderma

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Antibodies in SSc
Difficult Diagnosis
Medical Tests
Prepare for Appointments
Scleroderma Symptoms
Scleroderma Experts


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Diagnosis of scleroderma is usually achieved through your medical history and a thorough physical exam. Blood tests are performed to look for specific antibodies. A skin biopsy may be performed as well as organ specific tests to check for systemic involvement. ISN. (Also see: What is Scleroderma?, Types of Scleroderma and Symptoms of Systemic Sclerosis)

Antibodies in Systemic Scleroderma

Antibodies in Systemic Scleroderma Dozens of antibodies can occur in systemic scleroderma patients. They can be useful for diagnosing, categorizing and predicting the likelihood of certain complications. ISN.

Checklist of Symptoms for Diagnosis of Systemic Scleroderma

Checklist of Scleroderma Symptoms. Please consult your doctor if you have two or more of the following symptoms, which are sometimes due to systemic sclerosis (scleroderma). ISN. (Also see: Types of Scleroderma)

Difficult Diagnosis

Difficult Diagnosis. Proper diagnosis of scleroderma is often long and difficult. Often the diagnostic uncertainty and frustration takes a huge psychological toll on these patients, who describe their journey to diagnosis as being by far the most difficult part of their illness. ISN.

Medical Tests for Scleroderma

Common Medical Tests for Scleroderma include blood tests, capillarscopy, imaging, and skin viscoelasticity tests. ISN.

Preparing for Doctor Appointments

Preparing for Doctor Appointments These tips have come from our forums as people discussed their upcoming appointments with their specialists. ISN.

Scleroderma Symptoms

Systemic Scleroderma Symptoms. These symptoms may occur in systemic scleroderma (systemic sclerosis) but usually not in localized scleroderma, such as linear or morphea. Nearly all of these symptoms may occur alone or as part of other illnesses besides scleroderma. There are many different types of scleroderma, which vary greatly in symptoms and severity. ISN.

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Scleroderma Experts

Scleroderma Experts. Many scleroderma patients seek a consultation with doctors who specialize in scleroderma. This is the best way to get an accurate diagnosis plus superb evaluation and care for this rare illness. ISN.

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