Scleroderma Blood Test

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Scleroderma Blood Test

What is Scleroderma?

Scleroderma is an autoimmune disorder that causes an overproduction of collagen.  Collagen is the protein that makes up connective tissues in the body including the skin.  Tissues affected by scleroderma become hard and fibrous impairing their ability to function properly.  The severity of the disease can vary from person to person and can cause a range of issues from mild cosmetic symptoms to serious organ failure.  There are generally 2 categories that scleroderma cases fall into.  Localized scleroderma is relatively mild, affects only a few areas of the skin and muscles, and rarely spreads to the organs.  Systemic scleroderma (systemic sclerosis) can affect many parts of the body including the gastrointestinal tract, lungs, kidneys, heart, and other organs.

What are the symptoms of Scleroderma?

Scleroderma symptoms can range from mild to severe depending on a person's conditioning and what part(s) of the body are affected.  The most common sign of scleroderma is the development of thick hardened patches of skin.  Other common symptoms include joint pain, swelling in the hands or feet, loss of circulation in the fingers or toes, fatigue, weakness, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth, lack of appetite, unexplained weight loss, constipation, and diarrhea.  Because many of these symptoms are common to other disorders, scleroderma can be difficult to identify.  Scleroderma blood tests can help a person's doctor to diagnose scleroderma and differentiate it from other similar conditions.

What is a Scleroderma Blood Test?

Identifying scleroderma early and determining an effective treatment can help prevent serious health complications.  There is no single test that can diagnose or rule out scleroderma.  Typically, people who display symptoms of scleroderma will need to take a number of tests.  The results of these tests can be interpreted along with a person's clinical symptoms to determine if they suffer from scleroderma.  There are several common scleroderma blood tests.

  • Antinuclear Antibodies (ANA): About 95% of people with scleroderma will test positive for ANA antibodies.  The pattern their test results display can help differentiate scleroderma from other types of autoimmune disorders.
  • SCL-70 Antibodies: About 60% of cases of systemic sclerosis will test positive for SCL-70 antibodies.
  • Centromere-B: Centromere antibodies are present in a majority of people with a form of scleroderma known as CREST syndrome.

How do I get a Scleroderma Blood Test?    

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