11 Symptoms Used to Diagnose Lupus

Lupus can be tricky to diagnose, so consult a doctor if you think you might have symptoms.

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Inflammation of the lining of the heart or lung

Inflammation of the lining around the heart (pericarditis) or lungs (pleuritis) can be a sign of lupus. But both conditions are more commonly due to viral illnesses, says Dr. Belmont.

Even though the inflammation rarely affects the functioning of either the heart or lungs, it can cause sharp chest pain—especially when a person is coughing or taking a deep breath—and may occasionally spark shortness of breath.

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