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A 38-year-old female asked:

my test results show possitive for scleroderma scl 70 result 1.1. im scare is it bad? please help...

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Dr. John Goldman
Rheumatology 55 years experience
SCL-70 alone not Scl: The scl-70 is seen in scleroderma but if you look at the total picture - what does your rheumatologist say? The diagnosis of scleroderma is not made by having a scl-70. We see this sometimes in people who do not have scleroderma. It depends on the lab that performs the test. Very important is the rest of the criteria. What do you have that fits these. You need to discuss with your rheum.
Dr. Pierre Moeser
Specializes in Rheumatology
No: By itself, the test means nothing. If you have the signs of scleroderma as diagnosed by an expert such as a rheumatologist or a dermatologist, then the scl-70 test can confirm the diagnosis of scleroderma. The value does not indicate the severity. Again, the test alone does not give the diagnosis.

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What is scleroderma?

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Hard skin: Scleroderma literally means "hard skin." it is a connective tissue disease that primarily involves the skin which becomes fibrotic (hardened). Changes also may occur in the blood vessels, muscles, and internal organs. The disease involves autoimmunity whereby the immune system attacks the normal tissues of the body. The cause is unknown.
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Who gets scleroderma?

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Anyone: Anyone can get it, but it's more common amongst female.
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Is scleroderma curable?

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No: Scleroderma is treatable and is variable so some respond better than others. Generally treated by a rheumatologist and multiple body systems are affected - especially the skin and GI tracts.
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What causes scleroderma in people?

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Unknown: The precise cause is unknown but there is a genetic predisposition in certain individuals. Viruses, certain drugs, and environmental factors have been considered as potential triggers for the onset of scleroderma in genetically susceptible persons.
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What is scleroderma crest variant?

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Limited : The limited cutaneous form of systemic sclerosis is also referred to as crest syndrome. "crest" is an acronym for calcinosis, raynaud's syndrome, esophageal dysmotility, sclerodactyly, and telangiectasia.

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