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Lupus

Possible Lupus

06/16/2000

Question:

I resently had a lump removed from my neck and one from my back. At first the doctors thought it was Cancer, but when they did the biopsy it showed up possible Lupus. I have been told by my doctors that I have all the symptoms of Lupus, but it hasn`t showed up in any tests that they did. I want to know what could be wrong with me so I can get better. I`m sick all the time and I feel so weak that on certain days all I do is sleep. I can`t keep going on like this and I just wanted to know if you have any information that you could send me about Lupus or any other disease that it could possibly be? I will give any information that is needed. Thank you.

Answer:

Blood tests looking for lupus antibodies show abnormalities in 97-99% of lupus patients. Hence, if the tests are negative the chances of having lupus are very small. Neck lumps can be caused by a lot of different diseases. Without review of your medical records I am unable to tell you what type of problem you have. For further information re. Lupus you can contact the Arthritis Foundation.

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Response by:

Anne-Barbara Mongey, MD
Formerly, Director, Arthritis Clinic, Univerity Hospital
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati