Diagnosis and Tests

B-Cell Activating Factor (BAFF) & Lupus
New tests are helping identify specific proteins linked to autoimmune diseases. A 2018 study found B-cell activating factor (BAFF) in the urine of people with lupus. Diagnosing lupus and lupus nephritis is a challenging process. Today, rheumatologists rely on a…
Why Doctors Misdiagnose Lupus (& What You Can Do!)
It’s common for clinicians to misdiagnose lupus or suggest that symptoms are a result of stress. In fact, 68% of Lupus Warriors report seeing 3 or more doctors before being diagnosed. All types of lupus including systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE),…
ANA Tests and Lupus
ANA tests identify autoantibodies in the body. And, they are one of the tools that clinicians use to help diagnose lupus. Rheumatologists review laboratory tests, symptom logs, and family history before making a lupus diagnosis. This can be a long…
Measuring Lupus Disease Activity Over Time
Some say that the only thing constant is change. This can feel especially true for Lupus Warriors. Despite the value of tracking disease activity, measuring lupus disease activity remains a challenge. Accurate, reliable measurements of disease activity are a crucial…
Lupus Diagnosis: Connecting the Dots
Known as "The Great Imitator," getting a lupus diagnosis can be frustrating. It involves reviewing laboratory tests, symptoms, and family history When you're not feeling well, you want to know what the cause is. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for…
Type I Interferon & the Lupus TULIP Study
Living with lupus can mean feeling like your own body is working against you. Recent research into new treatments is exploring the effectiveness of type I interferons, a specific type of cytokine, for lupus relief. On August 31, 2018, AstraZeneca…
Share Your Story: Sandra’s Diagnosis
Welcome to Share Your Story -- Where Lupus Warriors tell their own stories, in their own words. Editor's note: Share Your Story is a new segment where anyone can write personal pieces that will be published anonymously on LupusCorner.  If you…
Lupus Nephritis: 6 Classes of Kidney Disease
Caused by systemic lupus erythematosus, lupus nephritis is a serious, and relatively common, kidney disorder. In September, Selena Gomez shared with her fans via Instagram that she had received a kidney transplant due to complications of lupus. The two kidneys…
CB-CAPs: 2 Biomarkers For Diagnosing Lupus
Diagnosing lupus is a challenge. But, new biomarkers known as CB-CAPS can improve lupus detection by 48%. Lupus symptoms are often confused with those of other conditions. This causes many people to be misdiagnosed and even prescribed inappropriate medications. An inaccurate diagnosis…
Hemolytic Anemia, Coombs’ Test, & Lupus
It's no secret: lupus causes problems throughout the body. It can even cause hemolytic anemia which impacts red blood cells. There are various types of anemias, but the symptoms are similar. Anemic people feel fatigued, weak, and like they might pass out.…