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What can happen if a lupus patient gets pneumonia? What sort of treatments would they receive, and for how long?

What can happen if a lupus patient gets pneumonia? What sort of treatments would they receive, and for how long?

Confirm, monitoring: Pneumonia can be due to lupus per se or infection. The diagnosis must be confirmed.If it is confirmed infectious, they should receive antibiotics and very closely monitored. If they are on immunosuppressives, they may need tapering of immunosuppressives depending on the lupus disease activity. They should be under close supervision by md and most often requires rheumatologist input. ...Read more

Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

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Ever since I was diagnosed with lupus just 7 months ago I have gotten pneumonia 6 times, is this normal for people with lupus?

Ever since I was diagnosed with lupus just 7 months ago I have gotten pneumonia 6 times, is this normal for people with lupus?

Not unusual: Lupus is an autoimmune condition and causes immune dyregulation. Please see a reputable rheumatologist or immunologist. I would suggest vaccinations if they are not contraindicated in your case. ...Read more

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Just Dx wit lupus have elev CRP. Upper left chest pains and upper left back. The pain is beginning on both sides and total upper back. Pneumonia?

Just Dx wit lupus have elev CRP. Upper left chest pains and upper left back. The pain is beginning on both sides and  total upper back. Pneumonia?

Call rheuma: Since pleuritis from lupus may manifest in this manner and the elevated CRP suggests that the disease is active, you need to contact your rheumatologist ASaP ...Read more

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Thyroid stopped secreting, pneumonia, red rash on each cheek & positive antinuclear antibody - is this lupus ?

Thyroid stopped secreting, pneumonia, red rash on each cheek & positive antinuclear antibody - is this lupus ?

Maybe: It may also just be autoimmune thyroid disease with the facial rash due to an unrelated cause such as rosacea. See a rheumatologist and then you will know. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens if a person with lupus gets pnuemonia?

Could you tell me what happens if a person with lupus gets pnuemonia?

Confirm, monitoring: Pneumonia can be due to lupus per se or infection. The diagnosis must be confirmed.If it is confirmed infectious, they should receive antibiotics and very closely monitored. If they are on immunosuppressives, they may need tapering of immunosuppressives depending on the lupus disease activity. They should be under close supervision by md and most often requires rheumatologist input. ...Read more

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How do you detect pneumonitis in lupus patients? How is it treated? I went to the ER for sob, chest x-ray, echo, CT chest, d-dimer, CBC and bmp and it all came good. I feel i have"air hunger." i also have p.O.T.S. There has been no answer.

How do you detect pneumonitis in lupus patients? How is it treated? I went to the ER for sob, chest x-ray, echo, CT chest, d-dimer, CBC and bmp and it all came good. I feel i have"air hunger." i also have p.O.T.S. There has been no answer.

Lupus pneumonitis: Pneumoniitis isvinflammation with in the lung itself . It is not uncommon in lupus patients. It can be caused by auto immune basis and also by viruses , bacteria and fungi either by themselves or in conjunction with lupus and or from lowered immunity due to meds used in lupus. Diagnosis is by cxr, ct scan and at times by bronchoscpy with cultures etc . Treatment is directed against cause. ...Read more

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Cousin has lupus & diabetes, was taken to hospital with pneumonia & sepsis. Has now been on ventilator & in kenetic bed 4 days. What can you tell me?

Cousin has lupus & diabetes, was taken to hospital with pneumonia & sepsis. Has now been on ventilator & in kenetic bed 4 days. What can you tell me?

Challenging: Patients with pneumonia and respiratory failure requiring a ventilator often need to be on the machine until their lungs improve. Typically, the physician will check each morning to see how the patient is doing regarding ability to wean off the vent. Since they are also sedated, there is a higher likelihood of developing pressure ulcers, so specialized beds are used to try to prevent these. ...Read more

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Can men have lupus?

Yes: Lupus is an auto-immune disorder that can affect various organs including the skin, joints, kidneys, brain, etc. Males and females can get lupus. Check out lupus.Org for more information. ...Read more

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Can i fast in lupus?

See below: Without knowing your full history of lupus, i advise against it but your rheumatologist knows your more than we do. ...Read more

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How common is lupus? 

How common is lupus? 

Lower than the tests: Approximately 1/1000 people with have sle. Many pts. Have blood tests that are positive, but no evidence vfor "clinical disease." virtually all pts. With sle can be controlled. The sex ratio is at least 10/1, female to male. ...Read more

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