Systemic Lupus Erythematosus - SLE

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune disease characterized by the presence of several autoantibodies, formation of immune complexes, and inflammation in different organs. Nonspecific testing may be helpful in determining organ involvement. Antinuclear antibodies (ANA) are also useful as an initial screen, but are not disease-specific. Positive specimens should be further tested for SLE.

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Last Update: May 2018