Skin examination

If you have skin symptoms, your doctor may conduct a skin examination to help understand whether scleroderma is causing them or whether there could be other explanations.

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Patient receiving skin examination on arm

Looking at: 

Any signs of scleroderma in your skin. Skin symptoms that can be caused by scleroderma include: swollen fingers, tight/shiny skin, areas of thickened skin, small ulcers on your fingers, little red spots (telangiectasia) and small lumps (calcinosis).1

What to expect: 

Your doctor will ask to look and touch your skin. They may also use a small microscope, called a dermatoscope, to look more closely.1

Understanding your results: 

This test is used to see if there could be other explanations for your skin symptoms. The doctor may perform additional tests if they have further concerns.