Diagnosis Rheumatology


If you think that you may have scleroderma, you should visit your doctor immediately. Your doctor will begin by conducting a thorough physical examination and asking about your symptoms and medical history.

Laboratory tests can assist with diagnosis. These usually include blood tests, but occasionally involve tests of lung, heart or digestive function or a biopsy of affected tissues.

UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.