It usually takes several years and several doctors for the average lupus patient to get an accurate diagnosis.
Since only 10% of lupus patients are men, it must be 10 times as difficult for them to get an accurate diagnosis. 1 out of every 150 people have lupus on the average. That means that only 1 out of every 1,500 men have lupus. If the average family practice physician sees 20 to 25 patients per day, some 3 or more times each year, they are likely to have about thirty female and three male patients with lupus within their entire practice of 4,000 to 5,000 different patients.
These important doctors have the first and best opportunity to properly diagnose their patients with lupus.
Kudos to the writers and producers of “House” for once again helping raise lupus awareness. However, this time the episode takes place outside his usual hospital clinical setting! You will have to watch on October 3, 2011 to find out more and help usher in the new season of House on Fox TV, and hear Hugh Laurie [Dr. House] say “this time, it is lupus.”