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Criteria for diagnosing Lupus - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   what are the symptom of lupus?
Doctor :   Hi dr XXX here
Doctor :   You mean SLE?
User :   yes,
User :   my hair been falling and have anemia,
Doctor :   Common complaints and symptoms include fatigue, low-grade fever, loss of appetite, muscle aches, arthritis, ulcers of the mouth and nose, facial rash
User :   yes, i get all of those
Doctor :   Butterfly rash is a TYPICAL FEATURE
Doctor :   When was youe last annuals done
User :   that was in jan 2010
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Were the results normal
Doctor :   Any abnormal values
User :   at that time
User :   they found i have leukopenia
Doctor :   Yes
User :   and anemia
Doctor :   So are you on any medications right now
User :   no
Doctor :   Let me breif you
User :   okay
Doctor :   There are a total of eleven criteria for diagnosing Lupus
Doctor :   1.butterfly" rash
Doctor :   2. discoid skin rash
Doctor :   3.photosensitivity
Doctor :   4.mucous membrane ulcers
Doctor :   5. arthritis with two or more swollen, tender joints of the extremities.
Doctor :   6. pleuritis or pericarditis
Doctor :   7. renal abnormalities
Doctor :   8. manifestation by seizures
Doctor :   9. low counts of white or red blood cells, or platelets
Doctor :   10. immunologic disorder
Doctor :   11. positive ANA antibody testing
Doctor :   so you require a complete work up to confirm the diagnosis
User :   i have low white cell is very low and low red blood cell,
Doctor :   Ok
User :   yes, i have appointment tomorrow with hematology/oncology
Doctor :   And the last is to test for C reactive protein also
Doctor :   That will surely help you.
User :   thanks for the help
Doctor :   Though you have similar symptoms of SLE it could not necessarily be it
Doctor :   As you also have anaemia which produces sismilar complaints
User :   okay, i understand
User :   yeah i had the anemia
User :   this year
Doctor :   So plz dont Assume conditions
Doctor :   And get anxious, I guess your are into more of net surfing
Doctor :   Thats probably let you assume Sle
User :   okay, thanks for taking the time helping
Doctor :   Its was my pleasure
Doctor :   Wishing you a speedy recovery
User :   thanks,
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me
Doctor :   Bye for now
User :   your welcome
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