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Drug-induced lupus erythematosus

  • Symptoms
    • Blurred vision
    • Fever
    • General ill feeling (malaise)
    • Joint pain
    • Joint swelling
    • Loss of appetite
    • Pleuritic chest pain
    • Skin rash
      • Gets worse with sunlight
      • "Butterfly" rash across bridge of nose and cheeks
    • Weight loss

    Signs and tests

    The health care provider will listen to your chest with a stethoscope. The doctor may hear a sound called a heart friction rub or pleural friction rub. There may be signs of pericarditis.

    A skin exam shows a rash.

    Tests that may be done include:

    • Antihistone antibody
    • Antinuclear antibody (ANA) panel
    • Lupus erythematosus cell test (rarely used)

    A chest x-ray may show signs of pleuritis or pericarditis. An ECG may show that the heart is affected.