#TriviaTuesday - What type of doctor should someone with lupus see as their primary specialist?
What type of doctor should someone with lupus see as their primary specialist?
A rheumatologist is the primary specialist caring for patients with lupus.
You may need to see different kinds of doctors to treat the many symptoms of lupus. Once you’re diagnosed, your primary physician for lupus is usually a rheumatologist, who treats arthritis and other diseases that cause swelling in the joints. A healthcare team might be needed to treat other areas and might include additional specialists. The rheumatologist may send you to a clinical immunologist for treating immune system disorders; a nephrologist (kidney disease); a hematologist (blood disorders); a dermatologist (skin diseases); a neurologist (the nervous system); a cardiologist (heart and blood vessel problems), and an endocrinologist (glands and hormones).
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