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What Kind of Doctor Do I Need?

By Paige Greenfield
Content provided by: Better Medicine from Healthgrades

If you have lupus, you may not know where to begin on the path toward treatment. Most people start with their family doctor or internist, or a rheumatologist, a doctor who specializes in diseases affecting the joints and muscles. But because lupus can affect multiple parts of the body, your health care team may have multiple members. Use this guide to determine the other specialists you may need to see, and be sure to work closely with your primary doctor to coordinate your care.

If your lupus affects …

Make an appointment with …

The kidneys

A nephrologist, a renal system specialist

The skin, scalp, or mouth

A dermatologist, a skin disorder expert

The heart

A cardiologist, a heart specialist

The brain or nervous system

A neurologist, a doctor who treats nervous system disorders

The blood

A hematologist, who specializes in blood disorders


An endocrinologist, a doctor specializing in problems affecting glands and the endocrine system


A perinatologist, who treats high-risk pregnancies; all lupus pregnancies are considered high risk

Medical Reviewer: Cindy Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Aug. 1, 2013 Copyright: © 2000-2011 Krames StayWell, 780 Township Line Road, Yardley, PA 19067. All rights reserved. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professional's instructions.

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