Laboratory Testing for Diagnosis, Management of Patients with Rheumatic Disease

Author: Peter H. Schur, MD
Date Published: December-2014
Source: The Rheumatologist

Laboratory testing is an essential element in the diagnosis and management of patients with rheumatic disease. This article focuses on a diverse array of serological markers that can provide unique information on the status of the patient’s immune system that is important in clinical evaluation as well as scientific inquiry. These tests help in the diagnosis of a particular disease, and importantly, they may help monitor disease activity. Indeed, immunological testing represents one of the bedrocks of rheumatology and is a distinguishing feature of our specialty.