Diagnosis of Scleroderma
by Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
The doctor will ask about your symptoms and health history. A physical exam will be done. It will focus on your skin. This is often enough to make the diagnosis.
Blood tests may be done to confirm the diagnosis. The tests will look for antibodies that point to the disease.
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Last reviewed March 2020 by EBSCO Medical Review Board James P. Cornell, MD
Last Updated: 3/5/2021
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