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Can Lupus Kill You
Rare complications: If i remember correctly, mothers sle antibodies cross the placenta & can cause transient skin, lung &r nervous system problems.A potentially more serious problem occurs with the heart & can produce abnormal heart rhythm disturbances or damage to the heart itself. If severe it could be fatal, some require a pacemaker. ...Read more
My mum has MS and doctors are starting to think she has Lupus too. If this is the case how would this effect her life and can it kill her?
Complicated: Not clear why a pt who has established MS would develop lupus, as more likely she has a biologically false positive ANA titer, which can occur from some medications and even infection (syphiiis). But if she has both, treatment becomes very complex, as some rheumatological agents can worsen the MS (those that block tumor necrosis factor alpha). Unlikely to kill her, but may affect quality of life ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can full body inflamation kill you or cause a stroke ? I think I have lupus waiting on results and my body feels inflammed. Burning from the insides .
Theoretically, yes.: Full body inflammation, as you put it, can arise in different ways. If you're talking about autoimmune diseases like lupus, those conditions carry an increased risk of blood clot formation, and therefore stroke. The risk is low, overall, and that is reassuring, but it's important to seek appropriate care for you condition, and it sounds like you're doing so. Take care. ...Read more
Genes, environment: This answer will change as we know more about lupus. We believe that for a person to get lupus, from the limited genetic information we have now, about 10% is from known genetic causes and remaining 90% unknown genetic causes and environmental causes. Environmental causes are largely undefined but important. Think about this: only 30% of identical twins develop lupus together. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Lupus in all its various presentations is treatable but it is not curable nor reversible. In some cases, lupus may go into remission but if it does go into remission, it does so on its own and does not go into remission as a result of treatment. ...Read more
Somewhat hereditary?: Sle (lupus) is an auto-immune disorder in which a person's immune system is reacting strongly against parts of his own body. The inflammation from the immune system reaction leads to symptoms. It is believed to be partly genetic or familial (some people may be genetically more likely to get sle) and partly environmental (something happens in a person's life that sets off the auto-immune reaction). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Autoimmune disease: Lupus erythematosus is a chronic inflammatory disease of unknown cause. The immune system attacks the patient's own body (autoimmunity) and can inflame the skin, joints, kidneys, nervous system, lungs, mucous membranes, and other internal organs. A red rash is often but not always present. Thus, it was named lupus erythematosus meaning "red wolf.". ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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