There is no simple
test for diagnosing lupus. The most widely recognized list of unique symptoms
and characteristics for systemic lupus erythematosus was revised
in 1997 by the American College of Rheumatology (ACR). Although this classification
criteria is not the only way to diagnose lupus, these criteria are
often used to “classify” or "diagnose" patients as having
systemic lupus erythematosus.
To see the 1982 ACR classification criteria for lupus:
To see a description of the 1997 classification criteria revision:
It is important however that the diagnosis of lupus is made
by a trained physician. For more information, please see “
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