This test is done to investigate the presence and clinical significance of anti_Scl-70 antibodies in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Evaluating patients with signs and symptoms of scleroderma and other connective tissue diseases in whom the test for antinuclear antibodies is positive
Phototherapy (light therapy) is now considered by some experts to be the treatment of choice for local scleroderma. Specifically, doctors favor an approach called ultraviolet A-1 (UVA-1) radiation. This treatment produces long UVA wave lengths that do not cause sunburn and may actually repair DNA in damaged skin cells.
Drugs that suppress the immune system, such as those taken after organ transplants, may help reduce scleroderma symptoms. Reduce stomach acid. Medications such as omeprazole (Prilosec) can relieve symptoms of acid reflux. Prevent infections.
Currently, there is no cure for scleroderma, but there are many treatments available to help particular symptoms. For instance, heartburn can be controlled by medications called proton pump inhibitors PPIs) or medicine to improve the motion of the bowel. Some treatments are directed at decreasing the activity of the immune system. Some people with mild disease may not need medication at all and occasionally people can go off treatment when their scleroderma is no longer active. Because there is so much variation from one person to another, there is great variation in the treatments prescribed.