Diagnosis and Tests

Share Your Story: Sandra’s Diagnosis
Welcome to Share Your Story -- Where Lupus Warriors tell their own stories, in their own words. Editor's note: Share Your Story is a new segment where anyone can write personal pieces that will be published anonymously on LupusCorner.  If you…
Lupus Nephritis: 6 Classes of Kidney Disease
Caused by systemic lupus erythematosus, lupus nephritis is a serious, and relatively common, kidney disorder. In September, Selena Gomez shared with her fans via Instagram that she had received a kidney transplant due to complications of lupus. The two kidneys…
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…
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.…
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;…
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…
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…
ANA Tests and Lupus
ANA tests are one of the tools that clinicians use to help diagnose lupus. ANA stands for antinuclear antibodies. In this article, we will explore antinuclear antibodies and see how they are different in the body of a person with…
Getting a Lupus Diagnosis
Known as "The Great Imitator" -- Lupus can be a challenge to diagnose as many symptoms are confused with other health conditions. Learn about the difficulties in getting a lupus diagnosis and tips for speaking with your doctor about your…
Tracking Lupus Symptoms and Treatments
It can be hard enough to remember what you ate for lunch yesterday. Relying on memory to track lupus isn't enough. Keeping track diligently of lupus symptoms, flares, and treatments are a crucial part of finding out what is working…