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what is the definition or description of: systemic lupus erythematosus diagnostic panel?

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Dr. Larry Greenbaum
Rheumatology 37 years experience
Labs for a + ANA: The antinuclear antibody test (ANA) is the initial screening test for lupus, but since it produces a lot of false positives, follow up testing for other auto antibodies is needed. The other tests in the panel are usually more specific for lupus, but less sensitive. Panels sometimes produce dubious results, so any positive test has to be taken in context.
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 20 years experience
Group of tests: A "lupus panel" is a group of blood tests used to evaluate a person for the possibility of lupus and several other autoimmune diseases. It is important to remember that no blood test is perfect, and getting to a diagnosis is usually much more complex than drawing blood and looking at a number on the results report.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between drug-induced lupus & systemic lupus?

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Dr. Michael Laccheo
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See answer: Dil is caused by a drug and usually resolves without treatment once the drug is stopped. Systemic lupus erythematosus is not caused by a drug, does not typically resolve on its own and usually does require treatment. Dil is not likely to cause kidney damage while systemic lupus erythematosus usually does.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

What are some alternative therapies for sle (systemic lupus erythematosus)?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
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None: Diet and omega 3 fatty acids may help but there are no specific vitamin or herbal supplements for sle. Avoiding sugar and dairy is helpful for some people. Omega three fatty acids along with vitamin c and b complex may reduce symptoms.
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A 16-year-old member asked:

Is there a cure for systemic lupus erythematosus (sle)?

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Dr. Angus Worthing
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Yes, but: Theoretically, a "reboot" of the immune system, ie a bone marrow transplant, could cure lupus, but this is risky enough that it is very rare. The best treatment includes close monitoring with one's doctor and rheumatologist.
A 52-year-old member asked:

What can I use for systemic lupus erythematosus symptoms if I don't have a new doctor yet?

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Dr. John Goldman
Rheumatology 55 years experience
Many but need doctor: The first thing to do is define your lupus, everyone with lupus is different.You need to contact your physician - see a rheumatologist, define your lupus and then you decide on your treatment. Not everyone with lupus needs meds, but you need good health habits - no smoking, exercise, etc defining your type of lupus will clarify the best medications for you to take.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What is nephrogenic systemic fibrosis and what will a skin biopsy tell you?

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Dr. Simon Kimm
Urology 16 years experience
Affects skin, joints: Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (nsf) is a serious condition where fibrosis of skin leads to scar-like nodules & plaques. Joints can be affected, leading to contractures & pain. Serious cases can lead to fibrosis of organs. The cause is unknown, but is related to kidney failure & exposure to gadolinium, used in mri. A skin biopsy is diagnostic, showing thickened collagen bundles & sclerotic bodies.

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