Systemic lupus erythematosus
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) can be difficult to diagnose, as it hassimilarsymptoms to several other, far more common, conditions.
Diagnosis may also be difficultbecausethe symptoms can vary greatly from person to person and may change over time.
For example, there may be periods where your symptoms aren't very noticeable, or times when they flare up and become more severe.
For a confident diagnosis of SLE to be made, you'll need to have several symptoms of lupus and a number of Blood tests may be carried out.
Some of the blood tests that may be carried out include:
Once you've been diagnosed with SLE, you'll normally need regular monitoring to seehow the condition is affecting your body.
If you have SLE it's possible you maydevelop other conditions, such as kidney problems. Monitoring your condition allows your doctor to check for these complications and, if necessary, treat them as soon as possible.
You may need to have scansto check whether SLE is affecting your internal organs. These include:
Read about lupus, a complex and poorly understood condition that affects many parts of the body. It causes symptoms ranging from mild to life-threatening
Read about the symptoms of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), which can vary widely from person to person. Some people may only experience a few mild symptoms
Read about the causes of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). SLE is an autoimmune condition, which means it's caused by problems with the immune system
Read about diagnosing systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), which can be difficult as it has similar symptoms to several other conditions
Read about treating systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). There's currently no cure for SLE but treatments that can ease the symptoms and make it easier to live with are available
Read about complications of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). If SLE is mild or well-controlled, you may find it barely affects your day-to-day life