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Is lupus a real disease

A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. EVAN Leibowitz
Rheumatology 26 years experience
Variety of Symptoms: Lupus (sle) is an autoimmune disease that can effect essentially any organ in the body. Autoimmune means "friendly fire." the body's army is called t... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Laccheo
Dr. Michael Laccheoanswered
Rheumatology 16 years experience
Sometimes: People can die from complications from lupus such as renal failure, heart attacks, stroke, infection, medications etc. But many people also live long ... Read More
Dr. Pierre Moeser
Specializes in Rheumatology
Can be, not usually: In the 1950s, 60% of lupus patients died within five years. Now, more than 90% survive beyond five years. Many lupus patients have non-life threatenin... Read More
A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Heston
Family Medicine 30 years experience
The answer: Here's a good overview of lupus that should answer your questions: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001471/.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Axel Martinez-Irizarry
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Many. : Lupus is a systemic autoimmune disease. There are several different types of Lupus and they usually cause many symptoms that other diseases have (no... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Feinberg
Rheumatology 38 years experience
Fibromyalgia : Lupus can cause almost any symptom so it often mimics other diseases. It is diagnosed by a list of clinical and lab criterea. It is best diagnosed ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Goldman
Rheumatology 56 years experience
Yes: Coping with a chronic disease is always important. There may be limitations but the majority of my patients lead a great life. The treatment needs ... Read More
A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Taj Jiva
Dr. Taj Jivaanswered
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
Depends on severity: Lupus is can be an multisystem inflammatory disease and may involve skin discoid lupus, facial rash, joint involvement, lung involvement, etc. Recover... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 33 years experience
Tick Bite: In north america, the following diseases are caused by tick bites: lyme disease, human granulocytic and monocytic, ehrlichiosis, babesiosis, re... Read More
A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Timothy Jeffreys
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Lupus: Lupus can involve pretty much any organ system in the body
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 36 years experience
Possible: Yes, he should get evaluated.
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