A disease with many faces

What is Lupus?

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune disease which produces antinuclear antibodies that attack healthy tissues which causes serve damage to the organ system including the:

Lupus is most common in women of childbearing age, but can affect men, children and teenagers as well.

Lupus is also known as a disease with many faces, because it symptoms vary from person to person. The disease is common and affects persons of the following race:


Key Points
  1. A variety of tests are needed to help make the diagnosis of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), notably blood tests
  2. Some, for example the antinuclear antibody test, whilst commonly found (95%), are not specific
  3. Others like anti- dsDNA (50–60%) and anti-Sm (10–30%) are less common but are virtually specific
  4. A wide variety of tests from imaging such as Chest X-rayand CT scans
  5. Electricial test such as EMG to assess the effect on the different organs and systems
  6. Urine tests to monitor the effect of the disease and other drugs.

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