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Epitope-based blood test may identify active systemic sclerosis

06:03 EDT 16 Jun 2017 | Healio

MADRID — A conformational epitope-based assay may be effective in identifying systemic sclerosis patients whose disease is active, regardless of whether their condition is classified as limited or diffuse, according to a study presented at the EULAR Congress, here.“Currently, there is no single blood test or biomarker that can predict progression of systemic sclerosis,” presenter Gianluca Moroncini, MD, PhD, of Università Politecnica Marche, Ancona, Italy, said in a press conference. “Nobody can predict right now if Reynaud’s phenomenon is primary, or if it will evolve toward scleroderma or systemic sclerosis.”

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