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what kind of a doctor do i need if i have lupus

A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Nephrologist: A kidney doctor should primarily treat a lupus patient who has kidney involvement. In certain situations, a rheumatologist can treat this condition.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Feinberg
36 years experience Rheumatology
Rheumatogist: Lupus, SLE, or Systemic Lupus Erythematosis is mainly cared for by rheumatologists.
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Goldman
54 years experience Rheumatology
Examination: It will take a history, physicial, lab tests, imaging - this combination is used to help make the diagnosis. A screening test is the ANA test but it ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: Several doctors will likely help take care of a lupus patient: a primary care doctor to coordinate referrals to specialists, and to take care of non- ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Angus Worthing
17 years experience Internal Medicine
It can be: Systemic lupus can cause life-threatening diseases (kidney failure or strokes) and can increase risks of death from heart attacks, infections, etc. Lu ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Troy Ross
Dr. Troy Ross answered
23 years experience Occupational Medicine
Uncertain: Whether a medical condition is considered a disability depends on many factors. First is the condition optimally treated and stable? What is the long- ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
Absolutely: If you believe you may have lupus you need to have lab work done to check for autoantibodies related to lupus and other connective tissue disorders. D ... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
29 years experience Geriatrics
Lots of blood tests: Your Family Doc can order lab tests to check for lupus & other rheumatologic maladies. Check out http://www.lupus.org/answers/entry/lupus-tests an ... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tracy Lovell
20 years experience Rheumatology
See below: You could have undifferentiated connective tissue which could explain the above statement that your doctor made. However; if you have not consulted ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Edgar Mendizabal
54 years experience Internal Medicine
There are blood: tests so the diagnosis is usually easy

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