A 39-year-old male asked:
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if you is tell by your doctor just buy a blood test that you might have lupus what else could it be?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
Many factors: Nobody really knows what lupus is, but making the diagnosis is crucial and lives depend on it. Bloodwork is one component along with other clinical features. The usual screen is the anti-nuclear antibody assay which picks up the vast majority of cases, though most people with positive ANA do not have lupus. Ask the titer, pattern, follow-up labs.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
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