That’s important because right now, doctors have to rely on a set of 11 criteria, which can overlap with many other diseases, to try to make a diagnosis.
“It is one of the most complex clinical diagnoses,” says Pascual, who is also a practicing pediatric rheumatologist.
“It might lead to better diagnostic tests, but we don’t know that yet,” Pascual says. Other experts say the discoveries will most certainly lead to new drug targets.
Systemic lupus erythematosus (also called SLE or lupus)
is an autoimmune condition. The normal role of your
body’s immune system is to fight off infections and
diseases to keep you healthy. In an autoimmune disease
like lupus, your immune system starts attacking your
own healthy tissues. For some people lupus may just
affect the skin and/or joints. In other people the lungs,
kidneys, blood vessels,