Diagnosis & Treatment

This site is intended for healthcare professionals as a useful source of information on the diagnosis, treatment and support of patients with lupus and related connective tissue diseases.

Introduction

It is hoped that this Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment will be used as a Reference by General Practitioners and Associated Health Professionals seeing patients who present with a number of symptoms which are not easily categorized.

My thanks go to all the medical consultants and health professionals who have provided the individual chapters for this guide and to Dr. Nicola Erb who checked through the manuscript and gave excellent advice whilst encouraging me to 'keep fighting lupus'.

Thank you also to the patients who kindly gave permission for the photographs to be included and to the donors who so generously provided the funding to enable the book to be produced.

If you would like a hard copy of the Guide, this is available free of charge to GPs and Health Professionals by providing your full details to National Office on 01708 731251 or headoffice@lupusuk.org.uk.

Yvonne Norton MBE
Vice-Chair & Trustee
LUPUS UK

Contents

Clinical Aspects of Lupus

Heart
Lungs
Kidneys
CNS Involvement
Mood Disorder
Vasculitis
Skin
Joints
Eyes
Mouth
Feet
Pregnancy & HRT

Please note

Throughout this guide 'lupus' refers to Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

The authors of the individual chapters will be pleased to offer any advice or further information which may be required by General Practitioners or Associated Health Professionals.

LUPUS UK particularly thanks the following for their most generous donations which have helped make this publication possible: The Elizabeth Wiggans Memorial Fund (West Midlands), Aspreva.