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The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital provides services and opportunities to help children, adolescents and teens with lupus. Our experts treat all types of pediatric lupus, with particular expertise in systemic lupus erythematosus.
Our team of specialists helps you manage your child's illness, along with the support of a community of other patients and parents.
Symptoms of lupus can vary widely from person to person and may include any combination of:
Additionally, blood work can show anemia, low white blood cell or platelets, positive antibodies, blood or protein in urine, or elevated inflammatory markers.
It is important to know that everyone person with lupus does not have all of these symptoms.
Unfortunately, there is no one test to diagnose lupus.
Diagnosis is often difficult, because lupus affects each person differently. With symptoms that can vary so broadly — and because lupus is rare in children — confirming a diagnosis can take time.
Steps to diagnose lupus include:
Our experts develop personalized treatment plans based on a thorough assessment of each child’s individual needs.
Treatment starts with medication that helps to suppress the immune system and decrease inflammation.
Your child’s treatment plan may also include:
At Comer Children's our comprehensive approach to lupus care offers many benefits for children and their families, including:
Your child can attend a support group with other adolescent patients, led by a child life specialist.
Additionally, you can meet with other parents and caretakers in a lupus education class.