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What is the differentiation between scleroderma and drug induced lupus, have markers for both?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
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In brief: Much different!

First, your clinical sx are more important than the labs.
Drug-induced sle is characterized by single-strand anti-da abs. Markers for possible pss include scl-70 and centromere antibodies. But where you on a drug which commonly caused drug-induced sle. What are your symptoms: fever, joint pain, pleuritis, pericarditis? Or do you have raynaud's, swallowing probs, etc. See a rheumatology expert!

In brief: Much different!

First, your clinical sx are more important than the labs.
Drug-induced sle is characterized by single-strand anti-da abs. Markers for possible pss include scl-70 and centromere antibodies. But where you on a drug which commonly caused drug-induced sle. What are your symptoms: fever, joint pain, pleuritis, pericarditis? Or do you have raynaud's, swallowing probs, etc. See a rheumatology expert!
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