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Why do some doctors say lupus sle is a terminal disease?

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Dr. Angus Worthing
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
It can be: Systemic lupus can cause life-threatening diseases (kidney failure or strokes) and can increase risks of death from heart attacks, infections, etc. Lupus patients have 2.5 times higher risk of death vs healthy "controls" (bernatsky et al, 2006). So lupus is not a "terminal disease" for most, but it can be. Close monitoring from a doctor and healthy habits (eating, exercise, no smoking) are vital.
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Dr. Jack Mutnick
Allergy and Immunology 18 years experience
SLE: All diseases are terminal....In fact, life is terminal. Whichever doctor tells you that lupus is a terminal disease.....Well, i would get a new doctor.
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Last updated Jan 5, 2017

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