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A 34-year-old member asked:

Is lupus an autoimmune disease?

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Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 34 years experience
Yes: It is a classic autoimmune disease when the body's immune system starts to attack itself or your own body. The immune system is no longer able to truly recognize itself. Depending where the immune system attacks will cause the symptoms associted with that. For example, if the immune system attacks the skin you can get a skin rash. If it attacks the joint, joint pain and swelling can occur.
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Dr. Pierre Moeser
Specializes in Rheumatology
Yes: Lupus erythematosus is a chronic inflammatory disease of unknown cause. The immune system attacks the patient's own body (autoimmunity) and can inflame the skin, joints, kidneys, nervous system, lungs, mucous membranes, and other internal organs. A red rash is often but not always present hence the term lupus erythematosus meaning "red wolf.".
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Dr. Ramachandran Srinivasan
Rheumatology 53 years experience
Lupus: Lupus is a classic autoimmune disease that attacks cells, tissues and organs . It is a systemic auto immune disease that attacks skin, heart, lungs , liver, kidneys , blood vessels and nervous system. Anti body production by b cells are to dna , sm antigen, histones and other proteins of cell nucleus . Immune complex deposition in surfaces damage blood vessels in kidneys and other organs
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Dr. Kalyani Perumal
Nephrology and Dialysis 30 years experience
Autoimmune, systemic: Lupus is an autoimmune disease, in simple terms, your body produces certain antibodies that attack your own organs.It can affect any part of the body. Common symptoms - joint pains, facial rash, photosensitivity, mouth ulcers, hair loss. Organ involvement usually kidney, brain, and heart can occur. It is believed that genetic, environmental factors play a major role.
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A 33-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of lupus and other autoimmune diseases?

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Dr. Alfred Kim
Rheumatology 17 years experience
Fatigue, joint pain: So this is very difficult to answer. Autoimmune diseases can cause a very diverse array of symptoms, but the most common ones that are shared amongst them are fatigue and joint pain. Unfortunately, this is seen in many other conditions, so this definitely not diagnostic.
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Last updated Jan 18, 2020
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