Fast Five Quiz: Mimics of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Herbert S. Diamond, MD


July 28, 2022

SLE is suggested by the presence of:

  • Butterfly rash

  • Discoid lupus erythematosus

  • Photosensitivity

  • Alopecia

  • High anti-DNA titer

  • Renal disease

  • Central nervous system (CNS) abnormalities

SLE and RA both produce symptoms of joint pain and inflammation, as well as fatigue. Both are known to affect smaller joints, including those found in the fingers, wrists, and feet. SLE and RA are both recognized as producing symmetrical symptoms. Joint damage is rarely associated with SLE.

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