People are living longer and better with lupus than ever before. Although there's no cure for lupus, there are treatments and lifestyle changes that can help you manage your symptoms.
Treatment for lupus -- also known as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) -- depends on your symptoms and how severe they are. Treatment can help:
Ease your symptoms
Bring down inflammation
Prevent and relieve flares
Prevent organ damage and other health problems
Anti-SS-A (Ro) and anti-SS-B (La) antibodies are
not specific for lupus and are found commonly in
Sjögren's syndrome. But these tests are useful in
helping women with lupus who are considering pregnancy. If a woman who has
these antibodies becomes pregnant, she may need more careful monitoring of the
fetus, since these antibodies are associated with a higher risk of the baby
being born with neonatal lupus syndrome or a heart defect called congenital
High titers of anti-dsDNA
are usually seen only in people who have lupus.
A positive anti-Sm test is a specific marker for lupus.
Anti-dsDNA tests can be repeated at intervals to monitor how
the disease is progressing.
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
May 10, 2012
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