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Is lupus rare?

Is lupus rare?

Yes: It occurs in about 1 in 700 Caucasian women and 1 in 300 African American women. ...Read more

Dr. Colin Sanner
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Topiramate (Definition)

Is indicated to treat epilepsy, but mainly a second line or adjunctive agent, and also useful to prevent migraine headaches. Has several adverse effects including: kidney stones, narrow angle glaucoma, metabolic acidosis, heatstroke in kids, paresthesias, slowing of speech and cognition, drowsiness. ...Read more


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Who all gets lupus?

Who all gets lupus?

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 more

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Is Lupus reversible?

Is Lupus reversible?

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

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Is lupus hereditary?  

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 more

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What is systemic lupus?

What is systemic lupus?

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 more

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How is lupus diagnosed?

Multiple factors: The diagnosis of lupus is made based on a constellation of clinical and laboratory criteria. That is there are a number of pre-determined symptoms, physical signs (things a Dr. Sees when examining you), and findings on bloodwork. A minimum number of these must be present in order for the diagnosis to be made. So, you would need to have a physical exam and have blood work drawn. ...Read more

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What are tests for lupus?

See details.: Start with an ana. If that is positive check for dna, ena, ssa and ssb antibodies. If the ANA is negative, I strongly suggest that no other tests be done. ...Read more

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What is the cause of lupus?

What is the cause of lupus?

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 more

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What are symptoms of lupus?

What are symptoms of lupus?

Complex: Lupus is a complex autoimmune disease in which the body is attacking its own tissue. Lupus is famous for affecting different people in different ways. The effects can be so different from person to person that it does not even look like they have the same diagnosis. The diagnosis is best made by a rheumatologist who sees a lot of lupus patients. ...Read more

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What is lupus and symptoms?

What is lupus and symptoms?

Complex: Lupus is a complex autoimmune disease in which the body is attacking its own tissue. Lupus is famous for affecting different people in different ways. The effects can be so different from person to person that it does not even look like they have the same diagnosis. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have lupus?

How to tell if I have lupus?

See a rheumatologist: I would see a rheumatologist. To have lupus, you have to have symptoms compatible with the diagnosis and lab results to help confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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How to know if I have lupus?

See details: You see a rheumatologist. If the history and blood work are compatible with the diagnosis, you have lupus. ...Read more

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Top ten signs you have lupus?

See below: There is not really a top ten list for lupus where one sign is more important than another. Check out the lupus foundation of america's website which is a great informational source for patients. ...Read more

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What are they signs of lupus?

Many and different: No two cases of lupus are exactly alike. Signs and symptoms may come on suddenly or develop slowly, may be mild or severe, and may be temporary or permanent. Fatigue and fever, joint pain, butterfly-shaped rash on the face,
skin lesions that appear or worsen with sun exposure, shortness of breath,
shortness of breath
chest pain
dry eyes
headaches, confusion, memory loss, fingers and toes burnning. ...Read more

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Who was the founder of lupus?

Who was the founder of lupus?

Rogerius: Thirteenth century physician rogerius was the first to described the skin manifestations of lupus. A history of lupus can be found here http://lupus. About. Com/od/faqs/f/luphistory. Htm. ...Read more

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What r the symptoms of lupus?

What r the symptoms of lupus?

Complex: Lupus is a complex autoimmune disease in which the body is attacking its own tissue. Lupus is famous for affecting different people in different ways. The effects can be so different from person to person that it does not even look like they have the same diagnosis. ...Read more

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The best medicatiom flor lupus

Hard to answer: This question is hard to answer without knowing what symptoms of lupus you have. Some patients may require no therapy while others may require IV chemotherapy. The best medicine is the one that works. ...Read more

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Hi what is lupus and symptoms?

See details: Systemic lupus is an autoimmune disease characterized by eleven diagnostic criteria including a positive ana, malar rash, hair loss, arthritis, low white count, raynauds, seizures and others. ...Read more

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What's lupus and how bad is it?

Auto immune disease: Acordding t o mayo clinic :
lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that occurs when your body's immune system attacks your own tissues and organs. Inflammation caused by lupus can affect many different body systems — including your joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart and lungs. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of lupus?

See below: Certain types of rash, joint pain, cell count abnormalities, pleurisy, ---there are more, but you should check the lupus foundation of america's website which has great educational material for lupus. ...Read more

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What is lupus? Is it hereditary?

Yes to some extent.: Lupus is an autoimmune disease with many features, can suggest many other diagnoses. Most patients can be successfully treated, and many patients have mild disease. Certain heriditary factors can potentiate a greater likelood of disease, including complement protein deficiencies (c2 and c4), hla-types, such as b8, but it is not as strongly hereditable as many other autoimmune diseases. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms for lupus?

What are the symptoms for lupus?

Complex: Lupus is a complex autoimmune disease in which the body is attacking its own tissue. Lupus is famous for affecting different people in different ways. The effects can be so different from person to person that it does not even look like they have the same diagnosis. The diagnosis is best made by a rheumatologist who sees a lot of lupus patients. ...Read more

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What is lupus and is there a cure?

What is lupus and is there a cure?

Autoimmune disease: Lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus)is an autoimmune disease that can affect almost any organ system of the body. Although we know that changes in some genes may put someone at increased risk for lupus, we can't predict who will develop this since it involves an immune system that was at risk that was then hit with unknown environmental trigger (s).It cannot be cured but it can be put into remission. ...Read more

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How should I know if I have lupus?

See details: You should see your primary care doctor, speak with him or her about your concerns and have appropriate lab tests done if necessary. ...Read more

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How many types of lupus are there?

How many types of lupus are there?

Depends: There are two main types, Systemic and Discoid. However, systemic may have subtypes. Lupus is a term for wolf and may be applied to TB of the skin also. You may consult this site for information on this topic:
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/lupus/basics/definition/CON-20019676 ...Read more

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What could be the cause of lupus....

What could be the cause of lupus....

Autoimmune disease: Lupus is an autoimmune disease and there may be inherited predisposition to the disease. The exact initiating event is still unknown. ...Read more

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What medications are used for lupus?

Numerous ones: The list is an extensive one. Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) forms the basis of any therapy of lupus. CellCept (mycophenolate mofetil) is commonly used to treat kidney disease. Other meds used include NSAIDs, prednisone, Imuran, Methotrexate and Benlysta. ...Read more

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What is lupus? What are the symptoms?

Lupus: Lupus is an autoimmune disease where your body is under attack by your immune systems. There are many symptoms of lupus. Please see the lupus foundation's website for more detail and discussion about---they have great educational support. ...Read more

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I discovered that my cousin has lupus?

I discovered that my cousin has lupus?

Lupus is treatable: Systemic lupus can be a very severe disease, especially in children.Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) alone may be sufficient to help prevent flares of disease once it is in remission, but to put it into remission most often involves oral or IV steroids.Depending on organs affected (kidney and brain disease can be most severe), patients may need methotrexate, rituximab (biologic), Cytoxan, Cellcept, Imuran or a combo of these ...Read more

Topamax (Definition)

Topiramate is a seizure agent which is a kind of ...Read more