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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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Systemic (Definition)

A condition that involves the whole body as compared to a part of the body. For example diabetes ...Read more


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Help me understand systemic lupus?

Help me understand systemic lupus?

S L E : Systemic lupus erythematosus is an auto immune disease, that can affect skin, joints, kodneys, brain, and other organs.Auto immune means bodys immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissues symptoms vary from person to person and may come and go.It is diagnosed with history of symptoms and blood tests for several antibodies it is treated with steroids and non steroidal meds, avoid sun and wear protect. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have systemic lupus?

How can I tell if I have systemic lupus?

Not a simple answer: Currently the diagnosis of sle is based on 11 criteria that the patient may have at once or over a period of time. To have a diagnosis, 4 of them must be met. Some criteria are clinical and others are from lab tests. See your physician if you are concerned about it. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of systemic lupus? 

What are the symptoms of systemic lupus? 

MULTI SYSTEM: Affects all organs of the body and need prednisone, antibiotics and immunosuppressants to treat. ...Read more

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Can amyloidosis also present if I have systemic lupus?

Infrequently: Amyloidosis is an infrequent finding in sle and is seen more frequently in ra, which is the most common autoimmune disease association. ...Read more

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Whats death rate related to systemic lupus erythematosis?

Whats death rate related to systemic lupus erythematosis?

Less now: In the 1950s, 60% of lupus patients died within five years. Now, more than 90% survive beyond five years. Many lupus patients have non-life threatening disease. Kidney or brain involvement portends a worse prognosis. ...Read more

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What's the difference between systemic and discoid lupus?

Serious vs, not: Systemic lupus affects multiple organs and is a serious auto-immune disorder. Discoid lupus is mostly limited to sun exposed skin areas. See the sites below for details. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001471/ http://emedicine.Medscape.Com/article/1065529-overview. ...Read more