How to Diagnose Lupus?

How to diagnose lupus?

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


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.


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* 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.