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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 and Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome - Topic Overview

    About 1 in 3 people with lupus produce an antibody that attacks certain blood-clotting factors,which can cause the blood to clot easily. 1 A person who has this antibody and has had blood clots is said to have antiphospholipid antibody syndrome. This can lead to mild or severe blood-clotting complications,including: Stroke,transient ischemic attack (TIA),or heart attack. Deep vein ...

  3. Lupus (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus) - What Happens

    The outlook for people with lupus has improved as better treatments have been found. Now, nearly 70% of people with lupus live 20 years or more after they are diagnosed with the condition.

  4. Lupus Guide - When To Call a Doctor

    If you have been diagnosed with lupus, call 911 or other emergency services immediately if you have chest pain that is crushing or squeezing, occurs with sweating or nausea, and has not been previously diagnosed.

  5. 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 ...

  6. Corticosteroids for Lupus

    Drug details for Corticosteroids for lupus.

  7. 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.

  8. Drug-Induced Lupus - Topic Overview

    Certain medications can cause temporary symptoms and signs of lupus. The symptoms go away when you stop taking the medication,generally within a few weeks. Symptoms are usually milder than in typical lupus,and the kidneys and central nervous system are rarely affected. Some children taking medications to prevent seizures develop a condition similar to drug-induced lupus seen in adults. ...

  9. Lupus (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus) - Topic Overview

    Information on systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus or SLE), a chronic disease that can cause inflammation, pain, and tissue damage throughout the body.

  10. 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.

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