Diagnosis

Complete Blood Count (CBC) Tests and Lupus

Diagnosis

C-Reactive Protein Complement Test and Lupus

C-Reactive protein including C3, C4, and CH50 are heavily involved in immune system function...

Diagnosis and Tests

Blood Tests for Diagnosing and Measuring Lupus

Blood tests are a critical part of detecting and measuring lupus. Even though currently...

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....

Diagnosis and Tests

Measuring Lupus Disease Activity Over Time

Some say that the only thing constant is change. This can feel especially true for Lupus Warriors. Despite the value of tracking disease activity, measuring lupus disease activity remains a challenge. Accurate, reliable measurements of disease activity are a crucial element of healthcare and research. Identifying changes in lupus disease...

Diagnosis

Lupus Diagnosis: Connecting the Dots

Known as "The Great Imitator," getting a lupus diagnosis can be frustrating. It involves reviewing laboratory tests, symptoms, and family history When you're not feeling well, you want to know what the cause is. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for the lupus diasgnosis process to take months or years...

Medications

Type I Interferon & the Lupus TULIP Study

Living with lupus can mean feeling like your own body is working against you. Recent research into new treatments is exploring the effectiveness of type I interferons, a specific type of cytokine, for lupus relief. On August 31, 2018, AstraZeneca and MedImmune shared via

Diagnosis

CB-CAPs: 2 Biomarkers For Diagnosing Lupus

Diagnosing lupus is a challenge. But, new biomarkers known as CB-CAPS can improve lupus detection by 48%. Lupus symptoms are often confused with those of other conditions. This causes many people to be misdiagnosed and even prescribed inappropriate medications. An inaccurate diagnosis can allow lupus to go unchecked. This can lead to permanent...

Diagnosis and Tests

Hemolytic Anemia, Coombs’ Test, & Lupus

It's no secret: lupus causes problems throughout the body. It can even cause hemolytic anemia which impacts red blood cells. There are various types of anemias, but the symptoms are similar. Anemic people feel fatigued, weak, and like they might pass out. If those symptoms sound and feel familiar, it's because they are...

Diagnosis and Tests

Genetic Markers for Lupus Predisposition: A New Study

A just-published study has identified 24 new genetic markers that predispose a person to develop lupus (SLE). It is no secret that lupus prevalence varies by sex and ethnicity. Women are 9-times more likely to develop lupus as compared to men; African-American women are 3-times more likely to develop lupus...

Diagnosis

Blood Test Identifies Relatives with High Lupus Risk

A new blood test may help identify relatives of people with lupus who have an increased risk of developing the disease. New research out of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF) may help clinicians identify which relatives are at the greatest lupus risk. OMRF scientists, Judith James, M.d., Ph.D.,...