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Symptoms

Renal Failure, Proteinuria, and Lupus Nephritis

Medications

Cenerimod: A Potential New Lupus Medication

Research is underway to measure the effectiveness of Cenerimod, a new lupus medication. Early...

Diagnosis

Complete Blood Count (CBC) Tests and Lupus

A complete blood count (CBC) can give you and your lupus treatment team a...

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 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 and Tests

Fatigue Severity Scale (FSS) and Lupus

Fatigue is a common lupus symptom. But, comparing fatigue over time, or between people, is difficult. With around 80% of people with lupus experiencing fatigue, it is crucial to have a validated measure that can distinguish between different symptoms. The Fatigue Severity Scale (FSS) was distinguishes fatigue from clinical depression....

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...