How is a child's scleroderma diagnosed?

Your child's healthcare practitioner will inquire about his or her medical history and do a physical exam. The alterations in the skin and internal organs are used to get a diagnosis. An antibody test may aid in determining the kind of scleroderma. Your child may need further testing, such as:

Urine and blood testing These may aid in the detection of any issues with blood counts, and renal or liver function.

Electrocardiogram (ECG) (ECG). This test monitors the electrical activity of the heart, detects irregular rhythms, and detects heart muscle damage. An ECG may be used to detect changes in heart muscle tissue caused by scleroderma.

Echocardiogram. This technique produces a moving picture of the heart and its valves using sound waves. It investigates the heart's anatomy and function.

X-ray. A small quantity of radiation is used in this test to obtain pictures of inside tissues, bones, and organs. Scleroderma-related alterations in bone, soft tissues, and organs may be shown by X-rays.

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