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Lupus runs in my family. i'm now fourty year's old. how often should i be checked? my father's mother had it but he never got the disease?

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Not much: You are at slightly higher risk of getting lupus than someone without that family history. As long as you do not have symptoms of sle, i would not get checked any more.

Answered 3/30/2013

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No check: This is not a condition that requires you to be checked other than keeping up with your general health. Do not have blood tests run unless you have signs and symptoms of an illness in which case you need to be evaluated. The blood tests, especially the ana, do not diagnose lupus but can create needless worry.

Answered 6/21/2014

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