Various types of medical specialists may be involved in the diagnosis, treatment and management of lupus because it can affect many different areas of the body. A rheumatologist serves as a primary point of contact since this physician is generally the one who confirms a suspicion of lupus. In addition to a rheumatologist, other practitioners may include:
A physician specializing in the non-surgical treatment of rheumatic illnesses, especially arthritis. Rheumatologists have special interests in unexplained rash, fever, arthritis, anemia, weakness, weight loss, fatigue, joint or muscle pain, autoimmune disease, and anorexia.
A physician who specializes in diagnosing and treating conditions of the heart and blood vessels.
Medical specialists who study resistance to infections and diseases.
They study immune reactions are studied to determine ways to boost the immune system to fight against harmful microorganisms.
A physician who specializes in diagnosis and treatments associated with skin, hair and nails.
A physician who specializes in diseases of the endocrine glands, which are parts of the body that are responsible for producing hormones.
A physician who is specially trained in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases of the blood and bone marrow as well as the immunologic, hemostatic (blood clotting) and vascular systems.
A physician who specializes in kidney diseases, kidney transplantation and dialysis therapy.
A physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders associated with the brain, spinal cord, spinal column, peripheral nerves and nervous system.
A physician who studies the workings of the human mind, looking at things like cognition, behavior and affect.