How to Diagnose Lupus?

Q:
How to diagnose lupus?

A:
Lupus happens when the immune system attacks its tissues, causing inflammation, swelling, pain and damage.

It is difficult to diagnose lupus only through signs and symptom, because they

  • are similar to those of some other disorders
  • vary considerably from person to person
  • may vary over time

While new symptoms can appear, others often disappear.

As a result, a combination of blood and urine tests, signs and symptoms, and physical examination findings can finally lead to the diagnosis.

Blood and urine tests may include:

  • Complete blood count
  • Erythrocyte sedimentation rate
  • Kidney and liver assessment
  • Urinalysis
  • Antinuclear antibody (ANA) test.

Imaging tests—to test if lupus is affecting your lungs or heart

  • Chest X-ray
  • Echocardiogram

Biopsy

Besides, it is wise of you to get a list of questions to ask your doctors before making a diagnosis, such as “could another condition be causing my lupus symptoms?”. Because it will help you and your doctors better understand your conditions.

 

Keywords: lupus diagnosis, lupus symptom & diagnosis

* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.