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Understanding Lupus -- Symptoms

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What Are the Symptoms of Lupus?

Lupus improves at times, and worsens at others. Symptoms of lupus may include:


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Lab Tests for Lupus

Lupus is a difficult disease to diagnose, because its symptoms can be vague. And unlike some other diseases, it cannot be diagnosed with a single lab test. However, when certain clinical criteria are met, lab tests can help confirm a diagnosis of lupus. Blood work and other tests can also help monitor the disease and show the effects of treatment. WebMD takes a look at the uses and limitations of the tests that are commonly used to diagnose and monitor lupus.

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Call Your Doctor About Lupus If:

  • You have any of the symptoms listed above or suspect you have lupus.
  • You have a family history of lupus and have experienced some of the symptoms above. Be even more alert for these symptoms if a close family member -- your mother, father, or sibling -- has lupus.

Lupus can be deadly. If you think you may have lupus, see a doctor right away. Treatment is much more successful if begun early and followed faithfully.

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Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on March 22, 2015
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