Laboratory Tests Used to Diagnose and Evaluate SLE
Lupus is characterized by abnormalities in many
laboratory test results.
These abnormalities are different
for every patient and vary significantly during the course of
a patient's disease.
The serial evaluation of an individual's
tests along with the physician's observations and the patient's
history determine the diagnosis of SLE, its course, and the treatment
All laboratory values must be interpreted in light of
the patient's present status, other correlating laboratory test results,
and coexisting illnesses.
This chapter briefly describes the major
tests used to diagnose and evaluate SLE and provides
information on their rationale and clinical usefulness.
other health professionals should consult rheumatologists, manuals
of laboratory and diagnostic tests, or hospital clinical laboratory
departments for further information on possible interpretations of
results from these tests and their implications for SLE.
Source: National Institutes of Health, U.S.Dept of Health and Human Services