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Is lupus a fatal disease?

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Dr. Michael Laccheo
Dr. Michael Laccheoanswered
Rheumatology 16 years experience
Sometimes: People can die from complications from lupus such as renal failure, heart attacks, stroke, infection, medications etc. But many people also live long and healthy lives with lupus and die from something else. The severity of disease in different people can cover a wide range from mild irritation to deadly, depending on that persons specific manifestations.
Dr. Pierre Moeser
Specializes in Rheumatology
Can be, not usually: In the 1950s, 60% of lupus patients died within five years. Now, more than 90% survive beyond five years. Many lupus patients have non-life threatening disease. Kidney or brain involvement portends a worse prognosis.

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