Diagnosing lupus

Where is the BEST place to go for diagnosis and treatment of lupus?

There is no one single recognized center of excellence for the treatment and diagnosis of lupus in the United States today. The Lupus Foundation of America has no mechanism by which it can rate either hospitals or physicians.

The general recommendation is to find a physician who is affiliated with a medical school -- a university hospital, for example. They are generally regarded as very good places to go for the diagnosis and treatment of lupus. These health care institutions may have faculty on staff who are involved in lupus research and are generally the most up-to-date on the latest advances in its diagnosis and treatment.  Certainly the health care institutions with established reputations fit this description.

Medically reviewed on July 12, 2013