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How is Systemic Lupus Erythematosus diagnosed?

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How is Systemic Lupus Erythematosus diagnosed?


Your doctor will do a physical exam to check for typical signs and symptoms of lupus, including:

sun sensitivity rashes, such as a malar or butterfly rash
mucous membrane ulcers, which may occur in the mouth or nose
arthritis, which is swelling or tenderness of the small joints of the hands, feet, knees, and wrists
hair loss
hair thinning
signs of cardiac or lung involvement, such as murmurs, rubs, or irregular heartbeats

No one single test is diagnostic for SLE, but screenings that can help your doctor come to an informed diagnosis include:

blood tests, such as antibody tests and a complete blood count
a urinalysis
a chest X-ray

Your doctor might refer you to a rheumatologist, which is a doctor who specializes in treating joint and soft tissue disorders and autoimmune diseases.

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