A 47-year-old female asked:
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what is the average age of death for a lupus patient?

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
Hard to say: Sometimes it is the average age of everyone else. Many people with lupus have modest disease and can be controlled without immunosuppressive therapy. In these instances, most have a normal life expectancy. For those with more sever disease, it depends on the organs involved, the severity of that involvement and the meds used to treat it.
Answered on May 8, 2013
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Dr. Tracy Lovell
20 years experience Rheumatology
Difficult to say : Life expectancy has improved over the years for lupus patients. Used to, patients with lupus were more apt to die from complications of their disease and infections as a result of the therapies. Now with better recognition and therapy for lupus, we are beginning to see more death as a result of cardiovascular disease. Thus; it all the more important to have follow with your primary and your rheu.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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