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Doctor insights on: Dialysis And Plasmapheresis For Systemic Lupus

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Plasma Exchange (Definition)

Plasmapheresis(plasma exchange) is a process involving the following steps: 1.Whole blood is withdrawn from the person. 2.The liquid portion or plasma is removed from the blood and replaced. 3.The blood, with all its red and white blood cells, is transfused back into the person. Usually made by an automated procedure and in precense of especialized healthcare ...Read more


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How long can lupus patients live on dialysis?

A very long time: Since medical care has improved over the past three decades people can live a very long time on dialysis. There is also a possibility that the patient will be a candidate for a kidney transplant. Lupus symptoms often but not always go into remission when patients go on dialysis. ...Read more

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Can people with lupus involvement in the kidneys end up on dialysis?

Yes.: Lupus antibodies can attack your kidney and cause them not to function properly. Once your kidneys have shut down, then you will need dialysis in order to survive. The best thing to do is to keep the lupus symptoms under control and regularly see your doctor. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have systemic lupus?

How can I tell if I have systemic lupus?

Not a simple answer: Currently the diagnosis of sle is based on 11 criteria that the patient may have at once or over a period of time. To have a diagnosis, 4 of them must be met. Some criteria are clinical and others are from lab tests. See your physician if you are concerned about it. ...Read more

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Is there a test for systemic lupus? 

Is there a test for systemic lupus? 

Not really: The diagnosis is made based on symptoms, physical exam findings and some blood work. People frequently refer to some of the antibodies checked in lupus as "lupus tests" but just because the test is positive does not mean you have lupus. Less than 1/2 the patients i see for a "positive lupus test" end up having lupus. ...Read more

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Is systemic lupus erythematous contagious?

Is  systemic lupus erythematous contagious?

No: It is an autoimmune disease in which your body produces antibodies against your own body cells leading to organ damages if left untreated. It is not contagious. ...Read more

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Is systemic lupus erythematosus fatal?

Sometimes.: Sle is generally treated with good response, but unfortunately it is sometimes fatal. ...Read more

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Why do I get agoraphobia with my systemic lupus?

Why do I get agoraphobia with my systemic lupus?

No relation!: Having lupus will increase anxiety, therefore heightening all phobias. Also, if you have facial of cutaneous lupus, that would increase this. But no direct relationship! ...Read more

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Is it possible to have lupus arthritis without systemic lupus?

Is it possible to have lupus arthritis without systemic lupus?

Yes: It's possible to start off with mild or limited symptoms and only arthritis without systemic lupus. But then the disease could evolve and include many organ systems and become systemic. Important to get evaluated and tested if other symptoms such as fever, fatigue, muscle pain, rash, hair loss also start to occur. ...Read more

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Dr. Quresh Khairullah
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Dialysis (Definition)

Simple answer is that it is a medical technology used primarily to provide an artificial replacement for lost kidney function in people with renal failure. Hemodialysis remove wastes and excess water from the blood by circulating blood outside the body through an external filter, called a dialyzer. Blood and dialysate flow through in opposite directions and the ...Read more


Dr. Corey Clay
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Plasmapheresis (Definition)

It is a procedure whereby blood is taken out of the patient the blood cells are separated from the liquid or plasma and then the blood cells are given back to the patient. This is often used to treat disorders of the immune system. Antibodies from the immune system are ...Read more