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how can my doctor tell whether i have lupus?

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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 must be done by the correct technique - immunofluorescence. There are other tests labs offer that are not correct. A + ANA does not by itself make the diagnosis of lupus. A + ANA is found in a lot of other conditions - rheumatologist will help.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
Dr. Bruce Rothschild
47 years experience Rheumatology
Symptoms: It is a combination of symptoms/problems that allows the diagnosis, not just a simple test like the ana.
Answered on Jul 1, 2012

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