How Is Lupus Diagnosed?
Diagnosing lupus is often difficult because symptoms can vary widely between sufferers and over time. Also, the symptoms can be similar to those experienced with many other health conditions.
To diagnose lupus, doctors will typically perform a physical examination and then order blood and urine tests. These may include a complete blood count, an erythrocyte sedimentation rate, a urinalysis, and an ANA test. A biopsy and imaging tests may also be required.