Tests to monitor response to treatment in SLE

Tests to monitor response to treatment in SLE

What tests are useful to monitor response to treatment in SLE?

Urine studies that should be routinely followed include a urinalysis (dipstick and microscopic evaluation) to monitor for hematuria and proteinuria.

The urine protein should also be routinely quantified, because lack of improvement may be a sign of unresponsiveness.

Serum chemistries, kidney function, albumin, and immune serology (dS-DNA, complement components) should be assessed at every visit.

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