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The Nurse Practitioner

December 2012, Volume 37 Number 12 , p 38 - 45

Author

  • Patricia K. Weinstein PhD, ARNP

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 lupusʼ clinical and serologic manifestations to make a diagnosis; some cases may not be identifi ed using only the American College of Rheumatologyʼs criteria.

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