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Could there be a relationship between lupus and beta thalassemia minor?

Could there be a relationship between lupus and beta thalassemia minor?

No: Lupus is not related to Alpha or beta thalassemias. The thalassemias cause "intrinsic" anemia, meaning the anemia is due to a problem inside the red blood cells. Lupus is an autoimmune disease and causes "extrinsic" anemia, meaning lupus is acting on the red blood cells from the outside and causing them to be destroyed. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Engel
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Thalassemia (Definition)

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Is it safe to get pregnant with a hemoglobin level of 10.6? I have thalassemia and lupus and want to get pregnant.

Is it safe to get pregnant with a hemoglobin level of 10.6?  I have thalassemia and lupus and want to get pregnant.

It's a good start: For lupus, it's ideal to go without a flare for at least six months before conceiving. Before you start trying, it's worth seeing a maternal fetal medicine doctor who can look over your records and make sure you are on medicines that are ok in early pregnancy. It would also be good to test your partner to see if he's a thalassemia carrier. ...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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