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Thursday, December 12, 2013
My doctor told me today that I tested positive for the antibody that causes Lupus. She is going to do further testing. What are the criteria for a diagnosis for Lupus?
There are eleven features in the lupus criteria. The presence of four of these features is highly suggestive of lupus. A positive ANA (lupus test) is one of the criteria factors. The others are: arthritis, photosensitive rash, discoid rash, malar rash, oral ulcers, pleuritis or pericarditis, renal disease, low blood counts (white blood cells, red blood cells or platelets), antibodies to DNA or SM, and certain neurologic disorders.
The Arthritis Foundation web site or the American College of Rheumatology page may provide you with more information.
Larry Houk, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine and Rheumatology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati