How to Diagnose Lupus A person can be diagnosed with SLE if he/she has 4/11 common symptoms. But, it is always necessary to confirm the diagnosis. In this case, there are several general examinations and many specific examinations to confirm and to reveal the severity of the disease.

First on the list is to check what your blood says and whether the substance causing this disease, which is called as Anti Nuclear Antibodies (ANA) are present in the blood. Hence, a Complete Blood Count (CBC) and an Anti Nuclear Antibody (ANA) tests are done. A chest X-ray, ultrasound scanning of the abdomen and an urinanalysis will be done as well.

To see whether the internal organs are involved, the doctor might do many examinations such as Antithyroglobulin antibody test, Antithyroid microsomal antibody test, Complement components¬†(C3 and C4), Direct Coombs’ test, Cryoglobulins, ESR, Kidney function blood tests, Liver function blood tests, rheumatoid factor and antiphospholipid antibodies.

There is no specific treatment for SLE and it is not a disease which can be completely cured. But, there are medications which might relive the symptoms of SLE; in mild form of this disease doctors will prescribe oral Non- steroidal anti Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) and Corticosteroid creams for the rash. But, in severe forms, high doses of steroids and cytotoxic dr


 

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) or let me say, the butterfly face, is a serious disease in which the immune system perceives the body’s own cells as foreign and begins to fight against them. Thereby this disease is considered as an autoimmune disease. In Lupus, the substance produced by the body, damages many organs and tissues such as blood vessels, skin, joints and internal organs (kidney, lungs, heart, liver, brain, etc.).

Among patients with SLE nine out of ten are women, and half of them have their first symptoms appearance in the age between 15 and 25 years. Cause of the disease is still unknown. However, scientists believe that a viral infection with the background of a genetic defect may play a role. Very often the disease develops after excessive sun exposure, child birth, abortion and severe emotional distress. Many people with systemic lupus erythematosus have a history of food or medicine allergy in the past. Also, the possibility of getting SLE increases if the person has relatives who suffer from it. Most often, the disease begins gradually. Patients are concerned about weakness, weight loss, fever with no apparent cause and also the pain in the joints. Less often there is an acute onset of the disease (fever, acute inflammation o