CBC/Complete Blood Count – used to measure red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and the hemoglobin in red blood cells. It can show anemia which is common in Lupus.
Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate – this test determines the rate at which red blood cells settle to the bottom of a tube within an hour. A faster rate may indicate a disease, such as Lupus, but the sedimentation rate isn’t specific for any one disease.
Kidney and liver assessment – Lupus can affect these organs, and these assessment tests will show how well your liver and kidney are functioning.
Urinalysis – with Lupus, a urine test may show increased protein or red blood cells in your urine; this can happen if Lupus has affected your kidneys.
Antinuclear Antibody (ANA) test – your immune system produces ANAs. A positive test for these antibodies indicates a stimulated immune system. This test is often positive in Lupus patients.
Chest X-Ray – an X-ray of your chest will look for abnormal shadows that may indicate fluid or inflammation in the lungs.
Echocardiogram – this test provides real-time images of your heart as it beats and can check for problems with valves and other areas of the heart.