Patients wait decades for lupus diagnosis

Difficulties in diagnosing lupus can leave patients waiting decades for a diagnosis. Australian Doctor investigates some shocking stories.

Robert Pearce answers the door and extends a hand of greeting. Partly hidden behind him is his wife, Elizabeth. She looks afraid, even trapped, like she wants to be anywhere but here. Her handshake is full of apprehension.

She stands ramrod straight, elegant but almost childlike. Her hands fidget constantly and her eyes dart