If you or a family member has been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, such as lupus, you can be assured that you will receive expert treatment from the Rheumatology Center of UMass Memorial Medical Center

What is Lupus?

Lupus happens when the immune system attacks its tissues, causing inflammation, swelling, pain, and damage. Lupus symptoms include fatigue, joint pain, fever and a lupus rash.

If you have been diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus (also known as lupus or SLE) or have features that are suggestive of this diagnosis, it’s important to see a rheumatologist to confirm the diagnosis and start appropriate treatment. 

Diagnosis and Treatment for Lupus

UMass Memorial rheumatologists are experts in diagnosing and treating lupus.

Your rheumatology care consists of:

  • Thorough history, physical exam and appropriate diagnostic tests to confirm the diagnosis
  • Patient education about the disease and lifestyle modifications to prevent flares
  • Discussion of appropriate state-of-the-art treatment plans for lupus personized for your treatment needs
  • Collaboration with other subspecialists if specific organ systems are affected
  • Partnering with your primary care physician in coordination of care
  • Regular monitoring for disease activity, drug effectiveness and toxicities