Laboratory Tests (Copyright © Lupus Foundation of America, Inc.)
Publication Year: 2009
Type: Online Publication
Because many symptoms of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) mimic those of other illnesses, lupus can be a difficult disease to diagnose. Diagnosis is usually made by a careful review of three factors: the patient's entire medical history; the patient's current symptoms; and an analysis of the results obtained in routine laboratory tests and some specialized tests related to immune status. This pamphlet discusses types of tests that are used to help diagnose lupus.
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