Testing for Lupus: Complete Blood Count
A complete blood count or CBC is one of several diagnostic tools available to your physician to help her make a diagnosis.
Keeping Track of Your Medical History
Your medical history is your personal record of health information including your close relatives. It is important to maintain because family members share many common traits, physically and socially, including genes, environment, diet and lifestyle.
Genetic counseling may be something you are considering if a family member has lupus. Considering that women with lupus have a 10 percent chance of having a daughter with lupus, a 2 percent chance of having a son with lupus, and a 50 percent chance that her children with have a positive ANA, there might be reason to wonder.
Testing for Lupus
Testing for lupus, or more formally systemic lupus erythamatosus, is often done through a series of laboratory tests, or screening tests, that help a doctor begin to formulate an diagnosis.
Diagnosing lupus can be tricky, as symptoms of the disease can be mild or severe, come in a wide variety, and mimic those of other diseases. But there are telltale signs that a doctor can use when suspecting the disease, and more complex methodologies to determine if a patient has lupus.
Is it Lupus? What You Can Look For
Since diagnosing lupus can be a difficult task, even for healthcare professionals, it is important to know when typical signs and symptoms add up and point toward lupus as the cause. Here you’ll find the usual suspects when it comes to symptoms – and questions to ask yourself to help determine if you could be a lupus candidate.
Lupus Diagnosis: Anti-Nuclear Antibody (ANA) Test
One of the most common tests used by physicians to help diagnose lupus is the anti-nuclear antibody (ANA) blood test.
Lupus Diagnosis – Autoantibodies
One of the most common tests used by physicians to help diagnose lupus are blood tests to uncover autoantibodies like anti-DNA, anti-SM, and anti-RNP.