Positive Ana and positive scl 70

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I went to my doctor because I suddenly started losing my hair by the handfuls. I have had severe arthritis symptoms for a few years and diagnosed a few years ago with scarring of the lungs and vocal cord dysfunction.

My doctor just ran a ton of tests and I tested positive for ANA and for SCL-70. Last time I had an autoimmune test run they were negative. I don't have Raynauds. My hands are very swollen when I wake up but I attribute that to arthritis. What are my chances of developing this disease or is this just a fluke?

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Hi Jessyarno,


Welcome to these forums!


I can understand how worrying your symptoms can be, especially if you have had arthritis previously. The hair loss must be particularly upsetting for you (that was one of my worst fears, when I first started taking medication).


However, I would explain that positive blood tests do not necessarily mean that you will go on to develop Scleroderma, as a diagnosis should really be made on the clinical signs as well. The blood tests, although part of the diagnosis procedure, are not the be all and end all; many of our members have positive results which never develop any further, whereas others have negative blood tests and yet suffer the full blown disease.


I've included a link to our medical page on Scleroderma Diagnosis which I hope will give you some more information. The symptoms you describe could relate to other health problems, so I would advise you to go back to your doctor so that other medical tests can be carried out.


Kind regards,

Jo Frowde

ISN Assistant Webmaster

SD World Webmaster

ISN Sclero Forums Manager

ISN News Manager

ISN Hotline Support Specialist

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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