Washington, DC—Sometimes called the “great imitator” because its symptoms vary so widely that it is often mistaken for other conditions, the autoimmune disease systemic lupus erythematosus puzzles and frustrates those seeking diagnostics and treatments for the disorder. But now, these efforts may be helped by research presented at the annual conference of the American College of Rheumatology and the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals that is beginning to reveal some of the variables affecting disease onset, severity, and remission.
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