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Lupus erythematosus is a name given to a collection of autoimmune diseases, in which the human immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissues.Symptoms of these diseases can affect many different body systems, including joints, skin, kidneys, blood ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many Sx:: Lupus is both a clinical and laboratory diagnosis. I have many people with some labs indicating sle, but virtually no symptoms or findings suggestive of actual disease. V the attached figure has the cardinal potential problems clinically associated with active lupus. Even if a patient of mine has serologic lupus with no disease, a place them on generic plaquenyl at the appropriate dose. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many possible signs: Lupus has many possible symptoms, depending on what part of the body is affected, and on how severe the condition is. Some symptoms are: fatigue, fever, weight changes, joint pain or stiffness, swollen joints, rash on the cheeks and bridge of the nose, skin rash from sunshine, sores in the mouth, hair loss, poor circulation in fingers or toes from stress or cold temperatures, etc... ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Estimate: Numbers are difficult to obtain but the estimate for the United States is between 500, 000 and 1.5 million have lupus. Women greatly outnumber men with this disease. Black skinned individuals have the highest incidence. The peak ages are between 15 and 40. ...Read more
Clinically usually: Lymphedema occurs when a clear fluid known as lymphatic fluid builds up in the soft tissues of your body, usually in an arm or leg. Diagnois is best made clinically in at risk patients. For example, swelling on the legs and esp. The top of the feet is a classic sign. Tests that may be ordered include ultrasound, ct scans, and MRI but they are done to rule other other diagnosis's. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
The same for all: Whether male or female, treatment is the same. The mainstay is decongestive therapy as dr. Brown said. This includes elastic compression stockings, non-elastic circ-aids garments, sequential compression devices, lymphatic drainage/massage, diet and exercise. A great source of info is lymphnet.Org, as dr. Wagner said. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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