SLE Checklist can help in diagnosing lupus because it can be a long and windy process. Often it can take from months to years to diagnose.
Your doctor will examine your, discuss extensive medical and symptom history and then will proceed by ordering basic Lupus labs to differentiate from other autoimmune conditions.
Because Lupus is the great imitator of all diseases, the American College of Rheumatology guidelines provides some standardization.
SLE Checklist – Lupus Criteria
According to the American College of Rheumatology, four or more of the below criteria must be met prior to being diagnosed.
- Malar rash: butterfly-shaped rash across cheeks and nose
- Discoid (skin) rash: raised red patches
- Photosensitivity: skin rash as result of unusual reaction to sunlight
- Mouth or nose ulcers: usually painless
- Arthritis (nonerosive) in two or more joints, along with tenderness, swelling, or effusion. With nonerosive arthritis, the bones around joints don’t get destroyed.
- Cardio-pulmonary involvement: inflammation of the lining around the heart (pericarditis) and/or lungs (pleuritis)
- Neurologic disorder: seizures and/or psychosis
- Renal (kidney) disorder: excessive protein in the urine, or cellular casts in the urine
- Hematologic (blood) disorder: hemolytic anemia, low white blood cell count, or low platelet count
- Immunologic disorder: antibodies to double stranded DNA, antibodies to Sm, or antibodies to cardiolipin
- Antinuclear antibodies (ANA): a positive test in the absence of drugs known to induce it. A special note on the ANA test
There is no direct and standard test for SLE Diagnosis but you can start with this SLE Checklist. It is often hard because the symptoms can also be that of other illness. You can help your doctor to properly diagnose you by making a checklist of the following:
- All of your symptoms
- Your family’s medical history
- Medicines and supplements you take
- Any triggers that seem to worsen your symptoms
Some doctors do not have much experience in diagnosing and treating the disease. Take a closer look at this SLE Checklist and be aware of what you feel about each description. Make sure to find an effective doctor to diagnose your disease.