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Viral infections could be the most likely, but it is possible.  You need to request an antinuclear antibody test, which would give a clue as to whether it is scleroderma or any other autoimune disease.

Do you have any other relevant symptoms?

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Hi Clementine,

 

As per our medical page on B Cells and T Cells, in the thymus gland, lympohocytes are matured into T cells. Sometimes T cells become overactive, which is suspected as being part of the process that leads to autoimmune diseases.

 

The best person to advise you about the low lymphocytes in your blood tests is your scleroderma specialist.

 

Kind regards,


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I do have systemic sine scleroderma, Sjogren’s and ILD.   I don’t recall being so low and I have had a lot of labs.  I always thought our WBC was elevated with autoimmune diseases.  I’m going to check out the link.  I can ask my dr but the appt is a month away and I am curious.   

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I have had two positive ANA tests with centromere pattern. My only symptoms are gastrointestinal.  I have gastroparesis and GERD. No skin manifestation nor positive results for other autoimmune diseases. I have been to two rheumatologists. They both have told me that based on my symptoms, they can’t diagnose me with limited systemic sclerosis. I inquired about sine scleroderma and got the response that it is very rare.

 

I’m wondering what criteria was used to diagnose you. 

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Hi Clementine, I would also ask your primary care physician for an immune deficiency panel; it registers the IG levels in your blood.  Perhaps, you're falling into the Immune deficiency category, too, which is what Gareth has.  One can have Autoimmune disease and Immune deficiencies.

 

Ana, Gareth started with internal symptoms, along with all + blood work.  His diagnosis is UCTD and he was placed on Plaquenil 6 months after major symptoms started.  The Plaquenil really helped his internal issues.

 

Take care, Everyone.

Margaret

Mom to Gareth, 29 years old, DS/ASD

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Thank you Margaret. Many blessings to you and your son. Glad to hear that his treatment is bringing him relief. 

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