Your doctor may order various tests depending on what type of connective tissue disorder is suspected. The doctor will first ask for your medical history, a family history, and will do a physical examination. Further tests may include:
- Imaging tests, such as X-rays and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans.
- Tests for markers of inflammation, such as C-reactive protein and Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR).
- Tests for antibodies, especially for autoimmune conditions.
- Tests for dry eyes or dry mouth.
- Blood and urine tests.
- Tissue biopsy.