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What are the symptoms of lupus ?

i was with my daughter at the obgyn and the dr told her that he was sending her to have scan done because they may haves suspected arithmetic. But he used the word Lupus and i wanted to know how doe lupus come together with all this?
Asked On : Mon, 20 Feb 2012
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Lupus is a shortened name for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus or SLE. Your physician is acting on a suspicion and needs to gather evidence. SLE can affect many parts of the body. The criteria for determining if your daughter has SLE involves several observations.

1. Malar rashes, a butterfly-patterned rash over the nasal bridge of her nose and onto the cheeks.
2. Discoid rash, a raised rash in a roughly circular pattern.
3. Photosensitivity, a rash in reaction to ultra-violet light.
4. Oral and nasopharyngeal ulcers that must be observed by a physician.
5. Arthritis, in 2 or more joints characterized by swelling, tenderness, or effusion.
6. Serositis, pleuritis or pericarditis which is inflammation of the lungs or heart.
7. Renal disorder, characterized by proteinurea or castings.
8. Neurological symptoms, seizures or psychosis without other causes.
9. Blood disorders characterized by anemia and other signs.
10. Immunological disorders defined by blood testing.
11. Antinuclear antibodies that are detected by blood testing.

Any combination of 4 or more of the above criteria makes it more likely that the patient has SLE. If you are concerned with the care your OB/GYN physician is giving your daughter, a second opinion is your right. I recommend a physician who deals in rheumatologic diseases and sees a great deal of SLE in their practice.
Answered: Thu, 15 Mar 2012
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