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  1. Antibody Tests for Lupus - Topic Overview

    Antibody tests are a set of blood tests that check for specific antibodies to help clarify the diagnosis of lupus. They include: Anti-SS-A (also called Ro). Anti-SS-B (also called La). Anti-dsDNA (antibodies to DNA). Anti-RNP. Anti-Smith (Sm). These antibody tests are often positive in lupus and can provide support for a diagnosis if the clinical criteria are unclear or if the ANA test is ...

  2. Lupus Guide - Other Treatment

    Information on experimental and alternative therapies for lupus.

  3. Lupus (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus) - Prevention

    There is currently no way to prevent lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE). But people who smoke may be more likely to develop lupus. Avoiding smoking and perhaps other tobacco products may decrease your risk of developing lupus.

  4. Lupus Guide - Medications

    Medications cannot cure lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE), but they can control many symptoms and often can prevent or slow organ damage. Learn more.

  5. Lupus (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus) - Treatment Overview

    Information on treatment choices for lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE).

  6. Lupus Guide - Cause

    Lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE) is an autoimmune disease, in which the immune system attacks the body's own tissues as though they were foreign substances. Lupus is not contagious.

  7. Medical History and Physical Exam for Lupus

    A physical examination for suspected lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE) includes a thorough check of your skin, joints, lungs and breathing, nervous system, and heart.The medical history includes questions about:Arthritis, joint, or muscle pain.Weight loss or fatigue.Skin rashes, especially after exposure to sunlight.Sores in the mouth, nose, or other mucous membranes.Chest pain.Hair ...

  8. Complement Test for Lupus - Topic Overview

    A complement test uses a blood sample to detect a group of proteins that help the body attack foreign substances. When there are a lot of foreign substances in the body,such as bacteria or viruses,a low level of complement means the body is trying to get rid of the foreign substances. If the body is attacking its own tissues instead of foreign substances (as in autoimmune diseases such as ...

  9. Lupus (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus) - Symptoms

    If you have lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE), you may be extremely tired, have skin rashes, or have joint pain. If the disease is more serious, you may have problems with your kidneys, heart, lungs, blood, or nervous system.

  10. Lupus: Criteria for Diagnosis - Topic Overview

    The following criteria are used to distinguish lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus,or SLE) from other autoimmune and rheumatic diseases. A person with 4 of these 11 conditions can be classified as having lupus. These conditions may be present all at once or they may appear in succession over a period of time. 1 Butterfly ( malar ) rash on cheeks Rash on face,arms,neck,torso (discoid rash) ...

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