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 heart disease
- A nephrologist - a doctor who specializes in kidney disease
- A neurologist - a doctor who specializes in the brain and nervous system
- A gastroenterologist - a doctor who specializes in the for gastrointestinal tract
- A pulmonologist - a doctor who specializes in the lungs
- A perinatologist - a subspecialist doctor in obstetrics who specializes in 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, 2013Submit a Question to the Experts