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Does skin rashes and neuropathy in sjogren's syndrome caused by vasculitis? What is the outcome?

Does skin rashes and neuropathy in sjogren's syndrome caused by vasculitis? What is the outcome?

See details: Both may be caused by vasculitis. The outcome of a neuropathy depends on the severity of the neuropathy and the specific nerves involved. The skin rash is usually easily treated. ...Read more

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Can systemic lupus erythematosus cause swelling in one hand?

Can systemic lupus erythematosus cause swelling in one hand?

Yes: A common symptom of sle is arthritis or joint pain and swelling which can involve just one hand. Usually there will be other symptoms as well such malar rash (red rash over the cheeks), increased sensitivity to sun, possibly hair loss and rash on the body, hands or knuckles or scalp. ...Read more

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High+anax10yrs, other antibodies neg.Recurring flares: joint pain, lethargy, sicca, chest pain, rashes.All sun induced.Responds to 10mg prednis. Best dx?

High+anax10yrs, other antibodies neg.Recurring flares: joint pain, lethargy, sicca, chest pain, rashes.All sun induced.Responds to 10mg prednis. Best dx?

Guessing: Too difficult to answer. Rheumatologic disease is often recognized by subtle characteristics of disease and progression over time. Can't be seen or well appreciated on line. Symptoms are often vague and overlap. Labs are helpful but not diagnostic. Best "test" is consistent follow up with rheumatologist and best diagnosis is what they give you. ...Read more

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My lupus flares are Skin manifestation only(malar rash)plus fatigue.But ESR n CRP keeps coming Normal including ANA.on plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine). Was dx not correct?

My lupus flares are Skin manifestation only(malar rash)plus fatigue.But ESR n CRP keeps coming Normal including ANA.on plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine). Was dx not correct?

Maybe, maybe not...: You may have a type of lupus called subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus(SCLE)which can often be a milder form of systemic lupus(SLE) and can be seen with normal inflammatory markers (ESR).Can also be Sjogren's. However,half of people with SCLE also meet criteria for full blown SLE. SCLE patients can have more serious organ involvement than just skin that should be checked for.See rheumatologist ...Read more

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Can plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) (for autoimmune disease) cause increased infections?

Can plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) (for autoimmune disease) cause increased infections?

Not commonly: Unlike many meds used to treat autoimmune diseases (immune modulators that suppress the immune system) Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) has an antiinflammatory effect on autoimmune dss. So the risk of infections (seen with immune suppression) is uncommon. Major concern with this drug is effect on vision. Regular eye exams are recommended. ...Read more

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Can autoimmune disorders cause premature wrinkles / thinner skin? What kinds of auto immune diseases?

Can autoimmune disorders cause premature wrinkles / thinner skin? What kinds of auto immune diseases?

Topical steroids : Topical corticosteriods can thin skin if you are using these to treat rashes. Autoimmune diseases do not typically cause wrinkles. However; severe stress from any chronic severe disease can age a person. ...Read more

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Which percentage of diagnosed lupus cases are sle, systemic lupus erythmatosus?

Which percentage of  diagnosed lupus cases are sle, systemic lupus erythmatosus?

Lupus: Lupus comes in 4 major types: systemic, discoid (skin only), neonatal, and drug-induced. Some people who have an abnormality in their immune system and fail to make a body defense protein called complement are also at risk for developing lupus. It has been estimated that 1.5 million people in the US have one of these lupus forms. Women are 2-3 times more likely to develop this disease than men. ...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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Ana 1:640 only +lab. Dx: undifferconnective tissue disease(sx: immense fatigue, jt pain, sicca, photosensitivity). Can vague diagnosis cause such havoc on life?

Ana 1:640 only +lab. Dx: undifferconnective tissue disease(sx: immense fatigue, jt pain, sicca, photosensitivity). Can vague diagnosis cause such havoc on life?

Yes: Symptons can be very disruptive. An elevated ANA by itself does not a diagnosis of autoimmune disease make, but in conjunction with your symptoms, especially if they are persistent, the findings are very suspicious for this. Some individuals without autoimmune disease have elevated ANA levels. Some medications can cause this. Further evaluation is necessary, including a complete lab workup. ...Read more

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Can auto immune vasculitis cause purpura on your neck? If so which type?

Can auto immune vasculitis cause purpura on your neck? If so which type?

Yes: Vasculitis means blood vessel inflammation. In the skin this can cause bruises or purpura when red blood cells are released from the damaged blood vessels. Any autoimmune vasculitis can effect the skin ...Read more

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Methotrexate :The most common adverse effects include: hepatotoxicity (liver damage),but could this be seen in low dose for Lupus affecting skin ?

Methotrexate :The most common adverse effects include: hepatotoxicity (liver damage),but could this be seen in low dose
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Yes: Toxicity to liver, kidney, intestine, bone marrow, etc., is related to dosing and duration of exposure. Must not drink alcohol. Dosed once a week. Daily folic acid reduces toxicity. Various treatments exist for discoid lupus. Protect from sun. ...Read more

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ANA 1:640, malar rash in sun, periodic leukopenia,pleuritic chest pain,photosens rashes,mouth sores,raynauds,muscle & joint pain;sed rate,C3,C4 normal?

ANA 1:640, malar rash in sun, periodic leukopenia,pleuritic chest pain,photosens rashes,mouth sores,raynauds,muscle & joint pain;sed rate,C3,C4 normal?

Malar rash: What you are reporting is not normal. Most of your problems could be caused by an autoimmune disease, most likely Lupus. You need to be seeing a doctor. Doctors who specialize in this type of disorder are Rhematologists. ...Read more

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In sjogrens syndrome, sle and subacute cutaneous lupus, is the underlying problem the same?

In sjogrens syndrome, sle and subacute cutaneous lupus, is the underlying problem the same?

Yes: The three conditions all share a common underlying mechanism, that of autoimmune inflammation. Each condition manifests this mechanism in a specific organ or gland, namely the salivary gland, skin, kidneys, etc. ...Read more

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Are palmar erythema and telangiectasia related conditions? What can cause them? Immune system dysfunction?

Are palmar erythema and telangiectasia related conditions?  What can cause them?  Immune system dysfunction?

They can be!: There are many causes of this clinical presentation. There is not enough room here to answer this so please see a doctor! ...Read more

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Joint pain, muscle pain, facial rashes, tremors, itchy rashes after sun exposure, fatigue. Saw rheumatologist, all lupus tests negative+ blood normal?

Joint pain, muscle pain, facial rashes, tremors, itchy rashes after sun exposure, fatigue. Saw rheumatologist, all lupus tests negative+ blood normal?

See details: I am not sure what you are asking. You need to discuss the situation with your rheumatologist. There are patients with lupus who do not have positive blood tests. There are also other explanations for your symptoms. Lupus remains an uncommon diagnosis in males so you may want to look for another explanation. ...Read more