Criteria for diagnosing SLE-mnemonic

English: Common signs and symptoms of systemic...

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus(SLE) diagnostic criteria were proposed by American College of Rheumatology(ACR). SLICC group revised the criteria in 2012, according to them a patient is classified as having SLE if the patient has biopsy-proven lupus nephritis with ANA or anti-dsDNA antibodies or if the patient satisfies 4 of the diagnostic criteria , including at least 1 clinical and 1 immunologic criterion. 

Mnemonic for SLE diagnostic criteria



Oral ulcers

Arthritis: non- erosive, peripheral polyarthritis


Blood dyscrasias: haemolytic anaemia,  bone marrow suppression

Renal involvement: proteinuria, red cell casts

ANA positive

Immunological abnormalities: anti- DNA,anti-Sm, Anti-phopholipid antibody

Neurological involvement

Malar rash

Discoid rash



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