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how is one diagnosed with lupus?

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Dr. Foster Carr
33 years experience General Practice
History,exam & tests: The ANA (anti nuclear antibody) blood test panel is one of the primary tests that are used to diagnose systemic lupus erythematosis. A good review of signs , symptoms , and other tests is located here http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001471/.
Answered on Apr 14, 2018
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Dr. John Goldman
55 years experience Rheumatology
Examination, Labs: Lupus has many faces. It is a diagnosed by an appropriate examination - both history and physical, confirmatory laboratory tests that are done correctly by the laboratory. Lupus can have a variety of manifestations and we need to put them together to make the diagnosis. It is not simple and requires careful evaluation before the diagnosis is made. Lab is important and a poorly run lab:problem!
Answered on Oct 3, 2016
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