How lupus affects the blood
Blood is made up of many different parts, but those that are most often affected by lupus are the red blood cells, the white blood cells, and the platelets. Blood disorders are common in lupus.
The main issues having to do with lupus and the blood are:
- Anemia: low hemoglobin or red blood cells
- Thrombosis: excess blood clotting
- Blood transfusions
- Bone marrow testing
Hematologists, who are specialists in blood disorders, are often involved in the evaluation and treatment of individuals with lupus.
Michael Rosove, MD
Dr. Michael Rosove is a medical oncologist in Los Angeles, California and Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA-David Geffen School of Medicine. Read Bio