Is it possible to have lupus arthritis but not systemic lupus disease?

Yes. Lupus erythematosus does not always involve internal organs (systemic). It sometimes only affects the skin and joints. Forms that do so are scle, subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus, and sometimes dle, discoid lupus erythematosus.

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It possible to have just have lupus arthritis, without the actual lupus disease?

Yes. Lupus (sle) causes a nonspecific, non-crippling arthritis in the small joints of the hands and wrists. Deformities are rare, but, if they occur they are reversible as they are due to tendon and ligament laxity, not bone erosions as in rheumatoid arthritis. Other rheumatic diseases can show the same type of arthritis. Read more...

I have just been diagnosed with a connective tissue disease (lupus arthritis). Can I claim disability?

Insurance. You are asking an insurance question. You must know the terms of your policy to answer. If you are talking about ssi, contact your social security office and ask what their criteria is regarding this disorder. Read more...

Is it possible to have lupus arthritis without systemic lupus?

Yes. It's possible to start off with mild or limited symptoms and only arthritis without systemic lupus. But then the disease could evolve and include many organ systems and become systemic. Important to get evaluated and tested if other symptoms such as fever, fatigue, muscle pain, rash, hair loss also start to occur. Read more...
No. An inflammatory arthritis is one component of systemic lupus. In some individuals it may be the only symptom of the disease but that person still has systemic lupus. Read more...