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Can you have lupus without any sort of rashes? does it cause. utis?

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Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
While there are: Characteristic rashes in sle, this is not required for diagnosis. Utis are not associated.
Dr. Ashu Syal
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 30 years experience
Yes: Lupus can present itself with several clinical manifestations: rash, joint pains, non specific fatigue, myalgias, etc., etc. While all these clinical symptoms give some clue for further investigation; none of these is a ' must have' for making the diagnosis. The definitive diagnosis is made through serology.
Dr. Kalyani Perumal
Nephrology and Dialysis 29 years experience
Yes: Lupus is a systemic diseases , can affect various organs. Rash is usually early symptom, but not always. UTI is not always a common manifestation, however urine analysis can have abnormalities which may look like UTI. Lupus affects kidney and can cause abnormalities in urine analysis

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Last updated Jan 18, 2015

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