The Autoimmune Skin Diseases Clinic at Stanford provides multidisciplinary expertise in the care of patients with dermatomyositis, scleroderma, lupus and other autoimmune diseases affecting the skin and/or internal organs. Our physicians provide the very latest in medications and other treatments for these diseases. Additionally, patients have the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge clinical trials led by Stanford's experts.
The development of innovative diagnostics and clinical methods provides important information about patient prognosis and helps physicians select the most rational therapy. For example, our patients with systemic sclerosis or dermatomyositis receive blood and skin biopsy analysis to provide diagnostic and prognostic information.
A skin biopsy involves removing a sample of skin tissue for examination under the microscope to diagnose a specific condition or to determine or if melanoma is present. A blood biopsy, also known as a blood assay or blood test, may also be useful in diagnosis specific autoimmune or skin-related conditions.
Stanford researchers also investigate the underlying causes of autoimmune skin conditions to develop safer and more effective therapies. Patients benefit from the knowledge gained from these trials and often receive new medications.
Scleroderma seriously restricted blood flow to Melissa Warde’s fingers. Delicate microsurgery by a Stanford microvascular surgeon allowed her to avoid amputation.
Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.
Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.
Stanford Health Care provides comprehensive services to refer and track patients, as well as the latest information and news for physicians and office staff. For help with all referral needs and questions, visit Referring Physicians.
When you refer one of your patients to a Stanford Health Care's Dermatology Clinic, we want to assure you that we'll provide him or her with the same level of personal care you give them.
HOW TO REFER
To refer a new patient, fax the patient referral form with any supporting documentation to 650-721-3476. A Patient Care Coordinator will fax a confirmation of receipt to your office. We will contact the patient and schedule an evaluation appointment upon insurance clearance.
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