What are the physical findings suggestive of lupus nephritis?

Updated: Mar 04, 2019
  • Author: Lawrence H Brent, MD; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Physical findings

  • Focal and diffuse lupus nephritis – Generalized active SLE with the presence of a rash, oral or nasal ulcers, synovitis, or serositis; signs of active nephritis

  • Active lupus nephritis – Hypertension, peripheral edema, and, occasionally, cardiac decompensation

  • Membranous lupus nephritis – Peripheral edema, ascites, and pleural and pericardial effusions without hypertension

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