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Bethany from Olds asks: My grandmother died from Scleroderma complications at 48 in 1970. I have exhibited many symptoms of Scleroderma for years, and they have all become worse in the last six months.  All the general blood tests my GP has access to have come back negative but is still going to refer me to a Rheumatologist. What are the chances I could have Scleroderma even though all my blood work was fine?

A:

Like many rheumatic conditions, a diagnosis of Scleroderma is not always made based on lab tests.  A good history and physical examination by a scleroderma specialist – usually a rheumatologist – combined with appropriate investigations, will help lead to the correct diagnosis and treatment plan.  While there are a number of blood tests that can be associated with scleroderma, it is possible for them to be negative and still have the condition.

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