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Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) can be difficult to diagnose, as it has similar symptoms to several other, far more common, conditions.
Diagnosis may also be difficult because the symptoms can vary greatly from person to person and may change over time.
For example, there may be periods where your symptoms aren't very noticeable, or times when they flare up and become more severe.
Some of the blood tests that may be carried out include:
Once you've been diagnosed with SLE, you'll normally need regular monitoring to see how the condition is affecting your body.
If you have SLE it's possible you may develop other conditions, such as kidney problems. Monitoring your condition allows your doctor to check for these complications and, if necessary, treat them as soon as possible.
You may need to have scans to check whether SLE is affecting your internal organs. These include:
Read more about the complications of lupus.