The factors of a reliable diagnosis

The symptoms as well as the autoantibodies a patient shows should always be taken into account for an accurate and reliable diagnosis. But there are additional factors to consider.

A diagnosis can be made by considering different aspects:

  • Medical history: The doctor will ask the patient about the symptoms and how long the patient has had them.
  • Clinical examination: The doctor will check for any medical signs (e.g., swollen lymph nodes, inflamed joints etc.).
  • Laboratory tests: Doctors may test the patient's blood for inflammation markers and/or autoantibodies. 

Additionally, knowledge and awareness on the part of the doctor and effective communication between doctor and patient are essential to the process of making an accurate diagnosis.