Specialists in Duke’s nationally-ranked rheumatology program are renowned for their research and treatment of lupus, an autoimmune disease that primarily affects the joints, kidneys, and skin. We use innovative approaches to minimize your symptoms of pain and fatigue, and we're continually researching new ways to stop the progression of lupus.
Lupus is a complex disease that can be difficult to diagnose, with symptoms ranging from fatigue and skin rashes to painful, swollen joints and fever.
Our experienced rheumatologists have the skills and tools to make an accurate diagnosis. We work with specialists across Duke to manage the effects of lupus on your body’s multiple systems and organs. Our comprehensive approach to care helps you lead a normal, active life.
Duke Health offers locations throughout the Triangle. Find one near you.
Lupus can be difficult to diagnose because many of its symptoms appear gradually and may suggest other conditions. Along with a review of your medical history and a comprehensive physical exam, your evaluation -- which may require multiple consults -- may include:
Your doctor may order blood tests to check for anemia and rheumatoid factors such as antibodies or blood proteins.
If necessary, a small sample of tissue may be removed from your skin or kidneys to confirm your diagnosis.
Where you receive your care matters. Duke University Hospital’s rheumatology program is ranked among the very best in the U.S., and best in North Carolina by U.S. News & World Report for 2019–2020.
Expert Lupus Care
Comprehensive, Coordinated Care
Lupus is a complex disorder that can affect your skin, joints, kidneys, lungs, nervous system, and other internal organs. Our doctors work closely with Duke dermatologists, nephrologists, psychiatrists, and others to manage your care. You have convenient access to care from multiple experts and the best chance for a positive outcome.
Specialized Care Before and During Pregnancy
We are one of the few centers in the nation to offer care focused on women with lupus who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. We work in close partnership with Duke’s high-risk obstetric doctors to find safe, effective medications to manage your disease and help you have the healthiest pregnancy possible.
Active Research Program
You may be eligible to participate in clinical trials that test new therapies before they are widely available. Through this research, our physicians are contributing to knowledge about the disease and establishing best practices in caring for lupus patients. You may also participate in research studies that help us better understand lupus and its impact on your daily activities.