Preparing for your appointment
Preparing for an appointment may be helpful to know the questions you'd like to ask.
Systemic sclerosis can be difficult to diagnose as it can develop gradually and can take different forms.
There is no single test or feature which gives a yes/no answer. Instead, the diagnosis is made after looking at the whole person, taking into account their symptoms, physical examination and blood tests. This may involve seeing a specialist - usually a rheumatologist, who is a doctor specialising in joint and connective tissue diseases.
Tests which can be helpful are: