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Is lupus an autoimmune disease?

Is lupus an autoimmune disease?

Lupus: Lupus is a classic autoimmune disease that attacks cells, tissues and organs . It is a systemic auto immune disease that attacks skin, heart, lungs , liver, kidneys , blood vessels and nervous system. Anti body production by b cells are to dna , sm antigen, histones and other proteins of cell nucleus . Immune complex deposition in surfaces damage blood vessels in kidneys and other organs ...Read more

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Dr. Tracy Lovell
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Autoimmune Disease (Definition)

In auto immune disease the enemy is from with in . As name implies "auto" is self and "immune " is immune system . One 's own immune system for unknown reason turns against self and destroys or damages tissues or cells . List of auto immune disease are many and growing . End result is destruction of of tissues such as thyroid , pancreas or cells such as white ...Read more


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What are the symptoms of lupus and other autoimmune diseases?

What are the symptoms of lupus and other autoimmune diseases?

Varied symptoms: Each autoimmune disease can present with multiple symptoms.common ones are rashes, joint pains, hair loss, ulcers in the mouth, irregular menstrual cycles, , photosensitivity, joint swelling etc. Usually its constellation of of signs and symptoms that suggest autoimmune disease.Then it is confirmed by blood tests ...Read more

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Can lupus cause pancreatitis since lupus is an autoimmune disease?

Can lupus cause pancreatitis since lupus is an autoimmune disease?

Lupus pancreatitis : Lupus induced pancreatitis happens in a small percentage of lupus patients . Lupus vasculitis can cause pancreatitis. Other causes of pancreatitis in lupus include virus induced, perforated peptic ulcer disease, common duct stone from biliary tract, alcohol and or drug induced . Pancreatitis in lupus occurs as part of multi system disease. Pancreatitis as initial manifestation lupus is rare. ...Read more

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Can lupus cause pancreatitis since lupus is an autoimmune disease?

Can lupus cause pancreatitis since lupus is an autoimmune disease?

Lupus pancreatitis : Lupus induced pancreatitis happens in a small percentage of lupus patients . Lupus vasculitis can cause pancreatitis. Other causes of pancreatitis in lupus include virus induced, perforated peptic ulcer disease, common duct stone from biliary tract, alcohol and or drug induced . Pancreatitis in lupus occurs as part of multi system disease. Pancreatitis as initial manifestation lupus is rare. ...Read more

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Is lupus or autoimmune disease transmited from mother to baby?

Sort of: Lupus itself is not transmitted mother to child. However, there is a specific lupus antibody that can be passed during pregnancy that can affect the child's heart. There is a higher risk that your child could develop an autoimmune disease if a parent has one. ...Read more

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Is a hida scan (cholescintigraphy) dangerous for people w/ lupus or autoimmune diseases?

Is a  hida scan (cholescintigraphy) dangerous for people w/ lupus or autoimmune diseases?

No.: No higher incidence of problems with autoimmune disease, ie .Lupus. One of the best tests for determiing gall bldder function. Wouldn't worry! ...Read more

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Can you test for autoimmune disease like lupus without a baseline to compare it to? Kind regards... Victoria

Yes: The diagnosis of lupus depends on the positivity of certain lab tests and the satisfaction of specific diagnostic criteria. ...Read more

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Could diets such as Paleo, dr. Fuhrmans, antihistamine diet etc. reverse autoimmune diseases like Sjogrens and Lupus?

Could diets such as Paleo, dr. Fuhrmans, antihistamine diet etc. reverse autoimmune  diseases like Sjogrens and Lupus?

No.: Modification of the immune system doesn't occur with anything like a normal diet. Perhaps with life-threatening starvation the immune system would be made dysfunctional (not recommended). And then, suppression is not at all like reversing. ...Read more

Autoimmune (Definition)

The immune system developed to tell our own, normal cells (self) from foreign and abnormal cells (non-self). This lets the immune system eliminate viruses, bacteria, fungi and cancer cells from our body without harming normal cells. Sometimes the immune system fails to tell self from non-self and it attacks normal cells, for example in ...Read more