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Changes in White Blood Cell Levels in Lupus May Show Condition's Development

Other Findings

Another important finding was that scientists noticed that the percentage of CD 16-negative and the total sum of monocytes were very distinct in active lupus patients and in patients who have inactive lupus. Higher levels of CD 16-monocytes and the total of monocytes were also found in subjects with lupus nephritis as compared to the control group. However, no variations in the levels of monocyte subgroups were found that could help in differentiating between SLE patients with or without lupus nephritis. This signifies that all types of monocytes are not a reliable marker to rely on when trying to diagnose lupus nephritis.