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What is lupus emphysema? And can lupus have systums that look like emphysema

What is lupus emphysema? And can lupus  have systums that look like emphysema

May be confusion?: Lupus can affect the respiratory system in a variety of ways, but I am not clear what is meant by this phrase "lupus emphysema" and suspect that there may be a misunderstanding here. Lupus can be associated with inflammatory reactions of the lung tissue or lining of the lung, lung scarring ("fibrosis"), or diaphragm. A consultation with a pulmonologist (lung specialist) may be needed to clarify. ...Read more

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Copd (Definition)

COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more


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The last couple of years I have had progressive muscle weakness w sob. This yr really bad. Affecting my adl's and work. Ck'd 4 copd, lupus, ruled out..

The last couple of years I have had progressive muscle weakness w sob. This yr really bad. Affecting my adl's and work. Ck'd 4 copd, lupus, ruled out..

See neurologist: This is a difficult situation. It sounds like you have had some work-up for lupus which is appropriate. It sounds like this is a diffuse problem. When you speak about progressive muscle weakness, you may consider seeing a neurologist if you haven't already. There are diffuse myopathies that may occur from diseases that affect the nerves and muscles. ...Read more

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Have pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary fibrosis, copd, with lupus,scleroderma,many complications. how long can you live with these lung issues?

Have pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary fibrosis, copd, with lupus,scleroderma,many complications. how long can you live with these lung issues?

MCTD: You mentioned you have scleroderma and SLE. You need to be seen by a lung doc if you have not seen one already. You conditions need a multi disciplinary approach with a rheumatologist/ pulmonary doc/ and a cardiologist. Most large teaching hospital have docs that have exp with such complex issues and may be your best bet. Best of luck. ...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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What are lupus symptoms?

See details: There are 11 diagnostic criteria for lupus. Google them. ...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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Emphysema (Definition)

A group of lung diseases that block airflow and make ...Read more