Diagnosing Lupus passing along Lupus info... Found through a wonderful org: mollysfund.org This Check List: http://www.mollysfund.org/2013/01/diagnosing-lupus-and-lupus-tests/

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Butterfly rash - Lupus can be misdiagnosed as rheumatoid arthritis or another condition, but symptoms that seem like lupus can sometimes be due to a virus.

Anti-dsDNA. The anti-double stranded DNA (anti-dsDNA) test is used to help diagnose lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, SLE) in a person who has a positive result on a test for antinuclear antibody (ANA) and has clinical signs and symptoms that suggest lupus.

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Lupus is shorthand for a condition called systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Its an autoimmune disease that can take years to diagnose because of symptoms that can flare and subside, or masquerade as other illnesses.

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Lupus Fact - Lupus can be difficult to diagnose. There is NO single blood test to diagnose lupus

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Lupus News Today Weekly Social Clips Contents: Autoimmune Diseases: Causes, Symptoms and Treatments The Immune System Explained: What You Need to Know Pregnancy and Lupus: What You Should Know Lupus Lesson: Advocate for Yourself and Others Ian Harding on the “Lupus Foundation of America” New NIH Action Plan for Lupus Research Treating and Diagnosing Lupus: What You Need to Know Lupus Flare and Immune Responses During Flares Living with Lupus: Do You Know What it is? Living with

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