The Nurse Practitioner

Nurse Practitioner:
doi: 10.1097/01.NPR.0000422207.69679.f5
Feature: AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES

The face of lupus

Weinstein, Patricia K. PhD, ARNP

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Abstract

Abstract: Systemic lupus erythematosus—a chronic, complex autoimmune disease without a defi nitive diagnostic test—often requires burdensome procedures to confi rm diagnosis. Nurse practitioners must understand lupus' clinical and serologic manifestations to make a diagnosis; some cases may not be identifi ed using only the American College of Rheumatology's criteria.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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