How is systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) differentiated from rheumatoid arthritis (RA)?

Updated: Feb 07, 2020
  • Author: Howard R Smith, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is suggested by the presence of the following:

  • Butterfly rash
  • Discoid lupus erythematosus
  • Photosensitivity
  • Alopecia
  • High anti-DNA titer
  • Renal disease
  • Central nervous system (CNS) abnormalities

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