Understanding Lupus Labs

Complete Blood Count

Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR)


Kidney and Liver Assessment

C-Reactive Protein

ANA (Anti-Nuclear Antibody)

Complement Proteins


Inflammatory Cytokines

Anti-Double Stranded DNA

Anti Smith Antibody

Anti-U1RNP Antibody

Anti Phospholipid Antibodies

Anti Ro/SSA and Anti La/SSB Antibodies

Anti-Histone Antibodies

Lipid Profile

Blood Glucose

24 hour Urine

Bone Density


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  • Wallace, Daniel J. The Lupus Book: A Guide for Patients and Their Families. 1st ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995.
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