Scleroderma is often hard to diagnose, since it may look like many other diseases. Your doctor will do a physical exam and take your medical history. He or she will look for changes in skin thickness and do some tests.
One test that doctors use is the nail-fold capillary test. This focuses on one of the earliest signs of scleroderma: the disappearance of tiny blood vessels in the skin of the hands and feet. Doctors also check the blood for specific signs. Your doctor may remove a small tissue sample...
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