What form of lupus causes a rash on the face and achy joints?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Doctors often rely heavily on a physical exam to diagnose systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE. Blood tests can confirm the presence of the disease. These tests may measure antibody levels, white or red blood cell counts, or platelet counts. A urinalysis may be performed to evaluate the extent of any kidney damage. A biopsy of kidney tissue can be helpful in making a diagnosis.

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