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A 39-year-old female asked:

What are the antibodies associated w/ discoid lupus? i have dle but i think its a symptom of sle. my aunt & mom have both & ra hurry up&wait game?

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Dr. David Sire
Dermatology 54 years experience
Sometimes low ANA : A small number of patients with discoid lupus will progress onto systemic lupus, but it is not likely. Your need followup, a physical examination and bloodwork and approprite workup to decide if there is systemic lupus.
Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology 28 years experience
Discoid lupus & SLE: 10% of people with discoid lupus (dle) have systemic disease. Antibodies associated with dle can be seen in sle as well, or people with dle may not have positive antibodies in the blood. Most common one is ana. However, diagnosis of sle requires 4 of 11 criteria to be met, of which antibodies are only one. Here is more information: http://www.Lupus.Org. Please see your rheumatologist for workup.

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