A 29-year-old male asked:
what is the definition or description of: systemic lupus erythematosus?
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Internal Medicine 24 years experience
SLE: Lupus erythematosus is a name given to a collection of autoimmune diseases, in which the human immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissues.Symptoms of these diseases can affect many different body systems, including joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, heart, and lungs.
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Pediatric Rheumatology 17 years experience
Autoimmune disease: Lupus (full name: systemic lupus erythematosus, or sle) is an autoimmune disease that can affect almost any system of the body.Malar rash on face, skin sun sensitivity, blood clots, mood problems, discoid rash, fatigue, unexplained fevers, weight loss, blood in urine, chest pain, hair loss, shortness of breath, abdominal pain, hand/feet swelling, arthritis, vasculitic rash, nasal sores, mouth sores.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
What is the difference between drug-induced lupus & systemic lupus?
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Dr. Michael Laccheoanswered
Rheumatology 15 years experience
See answer: Dil is caused by a drug and usually resolves without treatment once the drug is stopped. Systemic lupus erythematosus is not caused by a drug, does not typically resolve on its own and usually does require treatment. Dil is not likely to cause kidney damage while systemic lupus erythematosus usually does.
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A 24-year-old member asked:
What are some alternative therapies for sle (systemic lupus erythematosus)?
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Dermatology 46 years experience
None: Diet and omega 3 fatty acids may help but there are no specific vitamin or herbal supplements for sle. Avoiding sugar and dairy is helpful for some people. Omega three fatty acids along with vitamin c and b complex may reduce symptoms.
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A 16-year-old member asked:
Is there a cure for systemic lupus erythematosus (sle)?
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Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Yes, but: Theoretically, a "reboot" of the immune system, ie a bone marrow transplant, could cure lupus, but this is risky enough that it is very rare. The best treatment includes close monitoring with one's doctor and rheumatologist.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
What is nephrogenic systemic fibrosis and what will a skin biopsy tell you?
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Urology 16 years experience
Affects skin, joints: Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (nsf) is a serious condition where fibrosis of skin leads to scar-like nodules & plaques. Joints can be affected, leading to contractures & pain. Serious cases can lead to fibrosis of organs. The cause is unknown, but is related to kidney failure & exposure to gadolinium, used in mri. A skin biopsy is diagnostic, showing thickened collagen bundles & sclerotic bodies.
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A 28-year-old male asked:
What is the definition or description of: systemic lupus erythematosus diagnostic panel?
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Rheumatology 37 years experience
Labs for a + ANA: The antinuclear antibody test (ANA) is the initial screening test for lupus, but since it produces a lot of false positives, follow up testing for other auto antibodies is needed. The other tests in the panel are usually more specific for lupus, but less sensitive. Panels sometimes produce dubious results, so any positive test has to be taken in context.
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