What is the role of biopsy in the diagnosis of scleroderma?

Updated: Nov 13, 2018
  • Author: Sergio A Jimenez, MD, MACR, FACP, FRCP(UK Hon); Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Skin biopsies and lung biopsies provide conclusive diagnosis of systemic sclerosis, however, these are not routinely used for diagnostic purposes as the diagnosis of systemic sclerosis is based on the clinical manifestations. However, biopsy specimens are obtained to exclude systemic sclerosis mimics as listed in Diagnostic Considerations.


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