How is lupus fog diagnosed?

Lupus fog may be assessed with blood testing in search of specific autoantibodies that are associated with this condition in some individuals. Psychological testing can confirm that there is an organic cause for the condition. Finally, there may be imaging such as computed tomography (CT) scans and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), as well as testing of brain function with electroencephalogram (EEG), to further aid diagnosis.

Certain neurological exams can determine if you are having difficulty with cognition and have lupus fog. You may be given blood tests, spinal fluid analysis, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), uses magnetic signals to create image "slices" of the human body, electroencephalogram (EEG), record of the tiny electrical impulses produced by the brain's activity, or brain tomography (to visualize a specific area of the brain) to find out more. These exams can also determine if you do, in fact, have lupus fog and not a more serious problem such as stroke.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

Although there is no single test to confirm a diagnosis, a combination of many blood tests and biopsy of affected tissue can point to lupus. Steroids are the mainstay of treatments, but there are other effective strategies depending on where in the body the attacks take place. Treatments focus on reducing flare-ups, inflammation and pain.

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