Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Scleroderma Evaluation

The evaluation of scleroderma begins with a history and physical exam.

Physical findings in someone with scleroderma may include:

  • Stiff, leathery skin
  • Visible blood vessels in the skin of the face, fingers and hands
  • Calcium deposits in tissues of the hands, fingers, face, trunk, knees and elbows
  • Skin tightness in the fingers and toes
  • Skin ulcers in the hands or feet
  • Raynaud's disease
  • Morphea:
    • Rash or localized skin changes

Tests that may be used to evaluate scleroderma include:

Other tests that may be used to evaluate scleroderma include:

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Last Updated: Jan 4, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Scleroderma References
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