Diagnosis

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)

Lupus afflicts approximately 5 million people worldwide. Learn more about this chronic illness and how it impacts those who receive the diagnosis. Introduction What causes SLE? How can SLE affect the body systemically? What are the symptoms of SLE? Diagnosing SLE Managing and Treating SLE In Conclusion Introduction Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic…

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New Protocol for Diagnosing Lupus

The American College of Rheumatology’s (ACR), in 1997, approved a specific set of criteria for the diagnosis of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Recently, however, in collaboration with the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR), these criteria have been significantly revised. Read on to learn more about these important changes and how they can affect how lupus…

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Breaking Down Your Urinalysis

Kidney disease, specifically lupus nephritis, is one of the most common and serious conditions for those diagnosed with lupus.  Timely urinalysis testing is a relatively simple and effective way to help with an early diagnosis that may prevent damage later on.  Here is an overview of what you should know and expect from a urinalysis….

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Your ANA: Facts and Fiction

Two Scenarios SCENARIO ONE: Sarah’s heart is racing as she sits in her doctor’s office awaiting her test results.   The visible facial rash and joint pain that appeared after her baby was born have been extremely challenging to live with.  The answers to what seem like months of waiting, months of referrals, and months of…

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Lupus and Oral Health Issues

Straight from the Mouth INTRODUCTION My lupus story actually began at the dentist.  Well, my childhood orthodontist – to be exact.  It all started with a normal “check-up” for a normal pre-teen, getting fitted for a normal retainer… or so we thought.  After my appointment, my doctor pulled my mother aside and expressed concern about the way…

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