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Lupus Research Update: 2012 Volume 1

Volume 1, 2012 - Online Edition | In This Issue

Offering New Promise in Diagnosis >
Biomarkers - an Important Diagnostic Tool >
New Guidelines in Diagnosing Lupus Nephritis >
Faces of Lupus: Mack the Molecule! >
2012 ALR TIL Grantees Named >
Lupus News Corner >

New Guidelines In Diagnosing Lupus Nephritis

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) recently developed the first guidelines for the diagnosis of lupus nephritis.

The work was presented at the 2011 ACR Annual Scientific Meeting in Chicago by ALR grantee and ALR Scientific Advisory Board member Bevra H. Hahn, MD.

These guidelines are a major step forward. Until now, there has been no consensus on the best way to diagnose and manage the disease. But even more important is the fact that 60% of all patients with lupus will eventually develop renal disease.

The ACR recommends that physicians:

   • Perform kidney biopsies on anyone with clinical signs of the disease;

   • Classify the disease stage based on the International Society of Nephrology/Renal      Pathology Society's classification;

   • Treat the disease based on that classification.

Developed by a 24-member committee headed by Dr. Hahn, and vetted by a separate task force, the guidelines will be published in an upcoming issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism.

These guidelines represent the best evidence about available treatments for lupus nephritis. If your doctor is not treating your disease according to these recommendations, share them and discuss possible treatment options.

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