Scleroderma tests

Tests could include:

  • An ANA test is a simple blood test used to help determine whether someone has an autoimmune disorder, such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Rheumatoid factors are proteins produced by your immune system that can attack healthy tissue in your body. Healthy individuals normally do not produce rheumatoid factor, so its presence in your blood can indicate that you have an autoimmune disea...
  • In some cases, your doctor may decide that he or she needs a sample of your tissue or your cells to help diagnose an illness or identify a cancer. This removal of tissue or cells is called a biopsy. While a biopsy may sound scary, it's important t...
  • Test and diagnose prostate cancer with a prostate biopsy, a urinanalysis, a digital rectal examination or a physical exam. Learn more!
  • From asthma to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), there are a variety of conditions that can affect the lungs. Wheezing or general shortness of breath may be signs that the lungs are not functioning exactly as they should be. When patie...
  • Pulmonary function tests (PFTs) are a group of tests that measure how well your lungs work. PFTs are also known as spirometry or lung function tests.
  • A skin lesion biopsy is a simple medical procedure in which a sample of your skin is removed and tested in a laboratory. The sample taken during a biopsy is often very small-often the size of a grain of rice. The sample size is just large enough f...
  • Suspicious of a mole, freckle or spot on your skin? Read about tests to expect during a visit with your doctor.
  • An echocardiogram is a test that uses sound waves to produce live images of a heart, allowing a doctor to monitor how the heart and its valves are functioning. An echocardiogram, or "echo," can help spot blood clots, fluid in the sac around the he...
  • A urinalysis is a laboratory test done to detect problems with your body that can appear in your urine. Many illnesses and disorders affect how your body removes waste and toxins. The system that takes care of that is broadly called the excretory ...
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