A 22-year-old member asked:
why do some doctors say lupus sle is a terminal disease?
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Dr. Angus Worthing answered
17 years experience Internal Medicine
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.
Answered on Jan 5, 2017
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