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Diagnosis and Tests

Diagnosis and Tests

Understanding Lupus Lab Tests & Results

Diagnosis and Tests

Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR) and Lupus

This simple blood test doesn’t require a machine – only an hour...

Symptoms

Renal Failure, Proteinuria, and Lupus Nephritis

Up to 1/3 of people with lupus will experience kidney involvement as...

Medications

Cenerimod: A Potential New Lupus Medication

Research is underway to measure the effectiveness of Cenerimod, a new lupus medication. Early evidence suggests it can help reduce symptoms and prevent flares. Cenerimod is a new medication being developed by the company Idorsia. It is an agonist and modulator for the

Diagnosis and Tests

Patient-Reported Outcomes (PRO), LupusPRO, and Lupus

Measuring lupus pain, fatigue, and other symptoms over time is hard. Patient-reported outcomes (PROs) are self-reports from patients that can help diagnose and manage the disease. Patient-reported outcomes use surveys to measure lupus. Mostly, these surveys identify the physical symptoms of lupus. But also helps researchers and doctors identify the...

Diagnosis

Hearing Loss, Ear Health, and Lupus

What's that? Hearing loss and other aural phenomenon may impact around 30% of people living with lupus. “Autoimmune inner-ear disease” (AIED) was first described by Brian McCabe in his landmark 1979 paper. McCabe reported on 18 patients whose lupus symptoms included...

Diagnosis

Complete Blood Count (CBC) Tests and Lupus

A complete blood count (CBC) can give you and your lupus treatment team a birds-eye view of your bloodstream & overall health. And the experts agree, CBC tests should be a regular part of your physical exam. They can even be used to help...

Diagnosis

C-Reactive Protein Complement Test and Lupus

C-Reactive protein including C3, C4, and CH50 are heavily involved in immune system function and lupus. Testing for these proteins can even help make a definitive diagnosis. Imagine a series of dominos, lined up in a row. Except, in this case, when the last domino falls, it...

Diagnosis and Tests

Blood Tests for Diagnosing and Measuring Lupus

Blood tests are a critical part of detecting and measuring lupus. Even though currently available blood tests don't offer certainty, new biomarker-based options may provide deeper insights. When you get a blood test, a small sample of blood is taken from a vein...

Diagnosis

Why Doctors Misdiagnose Lupus (& What You Can Do!)

It's common for clinicians to misdiagnose lupus or suggest that symptoms are a result of stress. 68% of Lupus Warriors had to see 3 or more doctors before being diagnosed. All types of lupus including systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE),

Diagnosis and Tests

B-Cell Activating Factor (BAFF) & Lupus

New tests are helping identify specific proteins linked to autoimmune diseases. A 2018 study found B-cell activating factor (BAFF) in the urine of people with lupus. Diagnosing lupus and lupus nephritis is a challenging process. Today, rheumatologists rely on a combination of laboratory tests, symptom...

Diagnosis and Tests

ANA Tests and Lupus

ANA tests identify autoantibodies in the body. And, they are one of the tools that clinicians use to help diagnose lupus. Rheumatologists review laboratory tests, symptom logs, and family history before making a lupus diagnosis. This can be a long and challenging process....