Laboratory Diagnosis of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus - 249-005-17

Laboratory Diagnosis of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

by Marnie A. Imhoff, MBA, MLS, ASCP, CM and Catherine J. Swift, MT(ASCP)
(4.7 / 310 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Laboratory (1.00 Contact Hr)

Price: $10.00
CE-PRO Price: $5.00


Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease. It develops when the body’s immune system, which normally protects against foreign antigens, such as viruses and bacteria, mistakenly begins producing antibodies against a person’s own cells and tissues. These autoantibodies react with the antigens to form immune complexes that can build up in various parts of the body, causing inflammation, pain, and injury to tissues. Although researchers are making progress in understanding the causes of this complex disease, the precise etiology is unknown. Many experts believe that genetics, environment, and hormones act together to trigger the disease.


The goal of this lupus continuing education program is to provide laboratory professionals with information about the manifestations of systemic lupus erythematosus and the methods of laboratory diagnosis. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Describe the clinical features of systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Discuss the autoantibodies present in SLE
  • Identify the methods for laboratory diagnosis of lupus
Level of Instruction: Intermediate

Approval Information
This course is designed for laboratory professionals.
OnCourse Learning is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) Professional Acknowledgment for Continuing Education (P.A.C.E.®) Program (provider #249).
249-005-17 "Laboratory Diagnosis of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus" is approved 05/01/2017 to 05/31/2019.
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel (provider # 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 2/26/2013
Date of Most Recent Review: 8/23/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 5/31/2019

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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Luciano V - HIALEAH, FL  ·  May 17, 2019
extremely helpful information about systemic Lupus
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Mariaelenita P - chino hills, CA  ·  May 15, 2019
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Albert P - Chino Hills, CA  ·  May 14, 2019
management of this disease diagnosis i needs a thorough knowledge which in part is provided by this course
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Ofelia A - Brownsville, TX  ·  May 10, 2019
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Leslie R - Tavernier, FL  ·  May 10, 2019
Very detailed review. A lot of information to digest.
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Price: $10.00
CE-PRO Price: $5.00