|Morphea is a Clinical Diagnosis
Photos of Morphea
|Morphea Skin Biopsy
Morphea is usually diagnosed by clinical examination. The diagnosis is sometimes confirmed with blood tests, skin biopsies, or other methods.
It is not necessary to have antibodies to substantiate a diagnosis of morphea. However antibodies are sometimes found in patients with morphea. Levels of serum manganese superoxide may be markers for disease activity, and may indicate the extent of skin involvement.
Morphea is often confirmed by skin biopsy. Skin biopsies are usually a very tiny sample of tissue and the procedure is often very quick, easy and with minimal discomfort.
Activity assessment in morphea using color Doppler ultrasound. This technique represents a useful counterpart to histologic examination for the assessment of lesion activity. J Am Acad Dermatol, 2011 Nov;65(5):942-8.
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