Lupus: Open Access

Lupus: Open Access
Open Access

ISSN: 2684-1630


PK Sasidharan

Former Professor & Head, Department of Medicine & Division of Haematology Government Medical College, Kozhikode, Kerala, India

  • Expert Review   
    SLE and Blood: The Kozhikode Criteria for Diagnosis
    Author(s): PK Sasidharan*

    The most popular diagnostic criteria for SLE is the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) criteria, which does not often help in diagnosis due to several pitfalls, especially when it presents with haematological manifestations, which is confirmed by our observations over more than three decades and our studies on SLE. The problems and challenges in diagnosis are illustrated by the case histories and our own studies described in this article. The diagnosis of SLE is often delayed or even missed when patients come with haematological manifestations. The problem is even more serious when the index of clinical suspicion is low, especially in a situation where patients go doctor-shopping with improper follow up, which is common without a strong primary care set up and a referral system which are essential for streamlining patient care. Our first study had shown that m.. Read More»
    DOI: 10.35248/2684-1630.19.4.145

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