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Evaluating patients with signs and symptoms of scleroderma and other connective tissue diseases in whom the test for antinuclear antibodies is positive
Scl 70 (topoisomerase 1) is a 100-kD nuclear and nucleolar enzyme. Scl 70 antibodies are considered to be specific for scleroderma (systemic sclerosis) and are found in up to 60% of patients with this connective tissue disease. Scl 70 antibodies are more common in patients with extensive cutaneous involvement and interstitial pulmonary fibrosis, and are considered a poor prognostic sign.(1,2)
See Connective Tissue Disease Cascade (CTDC) in Special Instructions and Optimized Laboratory Testing for Connective Tissue Diseases in Primary Care: The Mayo Connective Tissue Diseases Cascade in Publications.
<1.0 U (negative)
> or =1.0 U (positive)
Reference values apply to all ages.
A positive test result for Scl 70 antibodies is consistent with a diagnosis of scleroderma.
Testing for Scl 70 antibodies is not useful in patients without demonstrable antinuclear antibodies.
1. Homburger H, Larsen S: Detection of specific antibodies. In Clinical Immunology: Principles and Practice. First edition. Edited by R Rich, T Fleisher, B Schwartz, et al. St. Louis, Mosby-Year Book, Inc, 1996, pp 2096-2109
2. White B: Systemic sclerosis. In Clinical Immunology Principles and Practice. Second edition. Edited by R Rich, T Fleisher, W Shearer, et al. St. Louis, Mosby-Year Book, 2001, pp 64.1-64.10