Systemic Lupus Erythematosus- How is it diagnosed?

How is lupus diagnosis made?   Sometimes, diagnosis of lupus is fairly straightforward when someone has multiple manifestations of the disease (see “Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: What is it?“). Too often, the lupus diagnosis is difficult as symptoms may be vague and nonspecific, and tests may be inconclusive. A rheumatologist is an expert in the field […]

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus- What is it?

What is lupus? Our immune system is designed to fight foreign “things”- like bacteria and viruses. To do this, the immune system produces antibodies that attack these foreign things. When our immune system mistakenly produces antibodies that attack and fight our own tissues, it causes an autoimmune disease. Systemic lupus erythematosus (commonly referred to as […]