Several conditions may be confused with
lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE). They
share some but not all of the symptoms of lupus. For example, rheumatoid
arthritis begins with joint pain and swelling. And fibromyalgia begins with
fatigue and joint pain. But as the condition continues, people with lupus
develop skin rashes or symptoms in other organs, such as the heart, lungs, or
kidneys. And they will test positive for
antibodies produced by the
immune system that help to identify lupus.
Conditions that may have symptoms similar to lupus:
May 10, 2012
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Nancy Ann Shadick, MD, MPH - Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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