Hello. I'm Sara Tedeschi and I'm a Rheumatologist at
Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston Massachusetts.
Thank you for joining us in this lecture focused on
the diagnosis and management of systemic lupus erythematosus.
During this lecture, I will refer to systemic lupus erythematosus simply as lupus,
for the sake of brevity.
The information that we will discuss should be viewed as
a general overview of the way that Rheumatologists
consider whether a patient may have lupus and
considerations for treating specific lupus manifestations.
In clinical practice, lupus patients vary widely and the decision about
diagnosis and especially treatment must be individualized for each patient.
This lecture will begin with distinguishing the difference
between lupus classification criteria and a clinical diagnosis of lupus.
We'll then focus on the clinical and laboratory evaluation that is
commonly performed in rheumatology clinics to evaluate for suspected lupus.
We'll cover a general approach to treatment, including preventive care,
tailoring lupus therapy to specific manifestations,
and considerations for women of reproductive potential who may desire a future pregnancy.
Lupus is a relatively uncommon chronic autoimmune disease with a range of severity.