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I picked up my lab results this week to take to my first rheumatologist appointment next week.  My scl-70 is 13, pm/scl 75 is 57, and my pm/scl 100 is 46.  I have been told based upon the results that I most likely have pm/scl overlap.  Should I be concerned with the scl-70 result - and what is a "high" range for that test?  I know above 11 but I can't find anything that talks about how high is high.   Some things I read state that scl-70 is typical in systemic sclerosis, other things state it's not relevant if found with other auto antibodies.  Anyone else have results like mine?



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Hi Tamster,


As we always reiterate, blood test results are only a small part of the diagnostic process and it's important that they are always taken in conjunction with the clinical symptoms you're experiencing.The best person to advise you about the results of your blood tests is your rheumatologist, or preferably a listed scleroderma expert.  As it happens, I also have the Anti-PM/Scl antibody, but thankfully have had no symptoms of polymyositis (yet! :wink:


Once you've seen your rheumatologist and he has correlated all your test results together, you'll be in a better position to find out how the disease could possibly affect you (although it's always difficult to obtain a prognosis, as scleroderma affects everyone differently.)


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