Tests and diagnosis

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Because scleroderma can take so many forms and affect so many different areas of the body, it can be difficult to diagnose.

After a thorough physical exam, your doctor may suggest blood tests to check for elevated blood levels of certain antibodies produced by the immune system. He or she may remove a small tissue sample (biopsy) of your affected skin so that it can be examined in the laboratory for abnormalities.

You may also need breathing tests (pulmonary function tests), a CT scan of your lungs and an echocardiogram of your heart.

Jun. 14, 2013