How is Lupus Diagnosed?
Only a physician can diagnose lupus. Lupus is a chronic and complex disease, and it is also known as "the great imitator" for symptoms that mimic those of other diseases. Generally, SLE is diagnosed when a patient meets four (4) of the following 11 criteria:
The Lupus Research Institute, a partner of the Lupus Foundation of Northern California, has more information on different types of lupus and diagnosis.
Lupus is treated with some specific drugs (including the latest FDA approved Benlysta), however, lupus is also commonly treated with antimalarials and steroids (to keep the joint swelling down) and with immunosuppressants. Please consult your physician for your specific regimen.
"Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic autoimmune disease that often has a relapsing course. The primary therapeutic approach, therefore, is to achieve and maintain adequate suppression of the disease without causing unacceptable drug side effects. " (The following are excerpts from an article entitled Medications in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus written by Angela M. Stupi, M.D.) Read in detail.
The connective tissue diseases are a family of disorders which include rheumatoid arthritis (RA), systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus or SLE), polymyositis-dermatomyositis, systemic sclerosis (scleroderma or SSc), the various forms of vasculitis, and Sjogren'syndrome. These diseases have a number of features in common.
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