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Scleroderma yes or no

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Hello everyone,

 

I recently went to a Rheumatologist for a check up for some symptoms I have been experiencing.

 

I looked online at my test results today and noticed the reading for  SCL-70 antibody was as follows: 4.0  Is this considered a positive result due to it does appear to be out of the reference range? My ANA tested positive on several occasions so, this is what led me to the rheumatologist along with my symptoms.

 

If anyone can help me clarify this it would be greatly appreciated in advance.

 

Thank you!

Frankie 

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Hi Frankie,

 

Welcome to these Forums!

 

Although blood tests do have some relevance in the diagnosis of scleroderma, they are only a very small part. This is because it is perfectly possible to have positive antibodies and yet never go on to develop the full blown disease and vice versa, as many of our members can testify. Far more important are the clinical signs and symptoms of the disease; as you consulted a rheumatologist with certain symptoms, this is more likely to influence the diagnosis you receive.

 

We actually have numerous threads on this subject and if you go to our search engine at the top right hand corner of the page and type in "blood tests" it will bring up a lot of threads and information. I've included a link to our medical page on Diagnosis of Scleroderma, which I hope you'll find helpful and interesting.

 

It might be advantageous for you to schedule an office visit so that you can discuss the test results with your rheumatologist, and see whether they want to do additional baseline testing, or perhaps even begin treatment of some sort. If your rheumatologist isn't a listed scleroderma expert you may want to discuss with them a possible referral to a scleroderma centre.

 

Kind regards,


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