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Diagnostic Criteria for Lupus: MD SOAP BRAIN

M – Malar Rash
D – Discoid Rash

S – Serositis (Pleurisy, Pericarditis)
O – Oral Ulcers
A – Arthritis (Symmetrical polyarthritis, non-erosive)
P – Photosensitivity

B – Bloods (Pancytopenia)
R – Renal (Lupus Nephritis)
A – ANA (elevated
I – Immunological (dsDNA, anti-Smith, anti-Histone)
N – Neurological (Seizures, psychosis)

Radiological Findings of Lupus-Associated Arthritis

  • Peri-Articular Osteopenia
    • Deformities (Jaccoud’s Arthropathy – reversible)
    • Subluxation/Dislocation
    • Bilateral and symmetrical distribution of changes
  • NO erosions
  • NO soft tissue calcifications

Anti-Phospholipid Syndrome

A venous and arterial thrombotic disorder associated with lupus that develops due to an autoimmune reaction to the phospholipids on cell membranes. It’s characterised by the acronym CLOT:

C – Coagulation Defect (Elevated APTT)
L – Livedo Reticularis
O – Obstetric complications (i.e. miscarriage)
T – Thrombocytopenia

Diagnosis is made clinically and through the presence of antiphospholipid antibodies:
– Lupus Anticoagulant
– Anti-Cardiolipin
– Anti-Beta 2 GP1



Erkan, D., Ortel, T.L. (2020). Diagnosis of Antiphospholipid Syndrome. UpToDate. Retrieved November 11, 2020, from

Morgan, M.A. (2020). Lupus Arthropathy in the Hands and Wrists. Retrieved 7 November 2020, from

Wallace, D.J., Gladman, D.D. (2020). Clinical Manifestations and Diagnosis of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus in Adults. UpToDate. Retrieved November 11, 2020, from

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