sábado, 14 de abril de 2012




The goals with testing for scleroderma include diagnosing the condition, distinguishing between different types, evaluating its severity and the degree of organ involvement, detecting complications, and monitoring the condition over time. The diagnosis is largely based upon clinical signs, with specific laboratory testing ordered to help confirm or rule out scleroderma, and more routine or general testing used to help evaluate the person's health status. When the symptoms and test results are characteristic, diagnosing the condition may be relatively straightforward. In many cases, however, symptoms emerge slowly and may initially be mistaken for other conditions.
Laboratory tests
The primary tests performed to help diagnose scleroderma are autoantibodies. They include:
Rarely, a biopsy may be performed to evaluate fibrosis in affected tissue.
General and routine testing that may be ordered to help monitor a person's health status may include:
Non-laboratory tests
  • Lung function tests may be performed when lung involvement is suspected.
  • CT (Computed Tomography) scans may be performed to evaluate lung damage.
  • X-rays may be done to detect calcium deposits and evaluate lungs.
  • Cardiac testing and monitoring may be performed when heart involvement is suspected.

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