The Challenges of Diagnosing Lupus

Diagnosing lupus can be time-consuming and frustrating for patients

Autoimmune diseases, and lupus in particular, are traditionally difficult to diagnose. Because the symptoms of lupus are also found in a variety of other conditions, diagnosing lupus with any degree of accuracy can be a drawn out and costly experience. Up until recently, most doctors have relied on the ANA test (a lupus blood test) to provide some clues as to whether a patient has lupus. But even a positive ANA test is not conclusive. And so the doctor and patient must continually assess the symptoms and treatment to try to reach a more definitive diagnosis. This kind of incremental approach to reaching a diagnosis can be both costly and frustrating.

The SLE-Key Rule-Out test has been shown to be an accurate blood test for lupus, giving physicians an additional diagnostic tool for diagnosing lupus.