Understanding lupus

What kinds of doctors treat lupus?

The form of lupus and its symptoms determine what type of doctor you will see. Most people with mild to moderate disease will see a rheumatologist (or pediatric rheumatologist if a child or adolescent has lupus), a physician who specializes in diseases of joints and muscles.

Since lupus can cause damage to any part of the body, other specialists may be necessary such as:

  • A dermatologist - a doctor who specializes in diseases of the skin such as cutaneous lupus
  • A cardiologist - a doctor who specializes in diseases of the heart
  • A nephrologist - a doctor who specializes in diseases of the kidney
  • A neurologist - a doctor who specializes in diseases of the brain and nervous system
  • A gastroenterologist - a doctor who specializes in diseases of the gastrointestinal tract
  • A pulmonologist - a doctor who specializes in diseases of the lungs
  • A perinatologist - a specialized obstetrician/gynecologist who focuses on complicated and high-risk pregnancies

Learn more about locating a physician in your area

The Lupus Foundation of America has a national network of local chapters that can provide a list of physicians in their service area who diagnose and treat lupus.

 

Medically reviewed on July 12, 2013