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Systemic lupus erythematosus--what is sle?

Systemic lupus erythematosus--what is sle?

Autoimmune disease: A disease in which your body makes antibodies against your own cells. These antibodies cause destruction and inflammation which produce a wide variety of symptoms depending on what cells are being injured. There are some common symptoms and signs with the disease, but just about any symptom could be produced by lupus. ...Read more

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Dr. Edward Kuhnley
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Rheumatism (Definition)

"rheumatism" is an older term, not used much today. Most people are referring to pain and swelling in the joints when they use this term. People may mean something different when they use this term in contrast to when they refer ...Read more


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What causes RA (rheumatoid arthritis)?

What causes RA (rheumatoid arthritis)?

Unknown: Synovial tissue inside joints become inflamed and damaged by chronic inflammation. The exact triggers are still elusive. ...Read more

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Is lupus erythematosus infectious?

No: Is a immune based disease does not recognize self and attacks multiple organs. ...Read more

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Is systemic lupus erythematosus fatal?

Sometimes.: Sle is generally treated with good response, but unfortunately it is sometimes fatal. ...Read more

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What is seronegative rheumatoid arthritis?

What is seronegative rheumatoid arthritis?

Blood test negative : For ra. Seronegative rheumatoid arthritis is the rheumatoid arthritis in which the blood doesn’t contain rheumatoid factor (rf or rhf). While diagnosing ra, doctors get a range of laboratory tests done and also evaluate the physical symptoms. ...Read more

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Could seronegative juvenile rheumatoid arthritis cause..?

Could seronegative juvenile rheumatoid arthritis cause..?

What?: You did not finish the question, but there are many rheumatologic features and systemic features of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, now called juvenile idiopathic arthritis, since most juvenile arthritis patients do not have ra! ask again, so i can help. ...Read more

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Is the juvenile rheumatoid arthritis rash itchy?

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Is the juvenile rheumatoid arthritis rash itchy?

Usually not: However, some older patients report pruritus (itching). ...Read more

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Are discoid lupus and sle different?

Are discoid lupus and sle different?

Yes: Discoid lupus is confined to the skin while systemic lupus can affect literally any organ of the body including the skin. ...Read more

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Whats autoimmune vs rheumatic arthritis?

Whats autoimmune vs rheumatic arthritis?

RA verses autoimmune: There is no verses. Ra is a genetic arthritic disorder that is an autoimmune response. It is a member of a family of other autoimmune collagen or connective tissue diseases including sjorgrens disease, polymyositis, periarteriitis nodosa, systemic lupus erthematosis. ...Read more

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What is trigger systemic lupus erythematosus in antiquity?

Mysterious lupus: It is not known what causes lupus erythematosus. Referring to antiquity, lupus was used to describe several different rashes. It could be autoimmune, where the body attacks itself such as lupus erythematosus or discoid lupus. It could be caused by tuberculosis infection such as lupus vulgaris. It could be related to another inflammatory disease such as sarcoidosis which causes lupus pernio. ...Read more

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Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis criteria pls?

Joint swelling >6wks: Jia/jra - general guide 1. Age of onset <16 yr 2. Arthritis (swelling or excess joint fluid), or 2 or more of these: less than full range of motion, tenderness or pain on motion, & increased warmth in at least 1 joint 3.Above signs (seen by doc)for > 6wks 4.Type seen in first 6 mo: a.Polyarthritis: ≥5 inflamed joints b.Oligoarthritis: 4 or fewer joints c.Systemic -fever, arthritis 5.No other cause. ...Read more

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Whats the difference between rheumatoid arthritis and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?does rheumatoid arthritis cause CKD?

Whats the difference between rheumatoid arthritis and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?does rheumatoid arthritis cause CKD?

See details: JRA is arbitrarily defined as rheumatoid arthritis starting before the age 16 and adult RA as starting at age 16 or later. RA does not cause chronic kidney disease unless there is a secondary amyloidosis and medication toxicity. ...Read more

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Is discoid lupus cancer?

Is discoid lupus cancer?

No: It is a chronic, autoimmune skin disorder and does not predispose to cancer. ...Read more

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Can juvenile rheumatoid arthritis turn into rheumatoid arthritis?

Not technically: Jra, now called jia (juvenile idiopathic arthritis), has several forms which are different from adult rheumatoid arthritis (ra). One form of jia has the same characteristics as adult RA with many joints involved and a positive rheumatoid factor on blood testing. This may persist into adulthood. Some doctors believe this is simply the adult RA starting in childhood. ...Read more

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How to tell the difference between systemic lupus erythematosus or rheumatoid arthritis?

Sometimes hard: Both have arthritis as part of the disease in RA it is the major feature and most people have nothing else. Lupus, while having arthritis as part of it, often has many other features of other organ systems like the skin kidneys bervous system or blood best way is to see a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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What to do about rheumatoid arthritis or lupus or both?

What to do about rheumatoid arthritis or lupus or both?

See a rheumatologist: See a rheumatologist for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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My mom has lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. Can i be at risk too?

My mom has lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. Can i be at risk too?

Yes: This answer will change as we know more about RA & lupus. From several large family studies, the risk of an offspring to develop an autoimmune condition with a single parent with an autoimmune condition increases about 8 to 10-fold. So there is a 0.5-8% risk of developing an autoimmune condition for you. Having said that, those are still low odds. We do not fully know what factors control this. ...Read more

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How common is it to have lupus Rheumatoid arthritis and hasimoto thyroiditis?

Uncertain: When more than one autoimmune disorder occurs in a person, it is often called mixed connective tissue disease. The combination however is not well defined but lupus is always included. In a Norwegian study, the prevalence was 3.8/100,000. http://ard.bmj.com/content/70/6/1047.short ...Read more

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Does HIV progress faster if some one is already ill with an auto immune disease such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis?

Does HIV progress faster if some one is already ill with an auto immune disease such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis?

no: But, if someone has hiv, they should see an expert in HIV management and treatment. I suggest looking for someone certified by the aahivm. ...Read more

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Any explanation to why I am not feeling relief on 20mg daily prednisone for rheumatoid arthritis or lupus symptoms/pain?

Any explanation to why I am not feeling relief on 20mg daily prednisone for rheumatoid arthritis or lupus symptoms/pain?

Couple: Of possibilities. If this is your regular pain involving multiple joints and not controlled by the dose that usually controls your flares you might need a higher dose of Prednisone along with a different agent- Plaquenil/ Methotrexate for example. If this time the pain is different or involving only a joint or other organs it may be due to a different condition and you will need to see your doc. ...Read more

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Is it possible to find a doctor who is willing and capable of treating lupus, fybromyalgia, osteo and rheumatoid arthritis?

Is it possible to find a doctor who is willing and capable of treating lupus, fybromyalgia, osteo and rheumatoid arthritis?

Yes: Rheumatologist specialize in treatment of systemic musculoskeletal disorders such as those you have listed. A rheumatologist would therefore be a great first option. Unfortunately it is often difficult to get an appointment with someone in this speciality. Your primary care physician if interested may be well equipped to handle your treatment with consultation with a specialist if needed. ...Read more

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Is lupus more severe than rheumatoid arthritis?

Is lupus more severe than rheumatoid arthritis?

It depends: Either disease can be relatively mild or very severe. Lupus has the potential to be more severe because it is more likely to cause major internal organ involvement. ...Read more

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Can you join the marine corps if you have lupus/rheumatoid arthritis?

NO: Standards show that both conditions are clearly disqualifying. "current or history of lupuserythematosus (710.0) or mixed connective tissue disease variant (710.9 ) is disqualifying." &" current or history of rheumatoid arthritis (714.0) is disqualifying.". ...Read more

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If you have lupus and rheumatoid arthritis can you still get pregnant and have a baby?

Yes.: I have had many patients with both diseases who have dleivered a healthy child. If your lupus, ra, or both are active, it is less likely, because significant inflammation or physical stress is not the optimal time to conceive. Also, if sle is present, it should be in remission. If not, the higher estrogen levels seen in pregnancy can cause a flare. Interestly, RA improves during pregnacy. ...Read more

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What could a positive ANA of 1:640 speckled indicate if lupus and rheumatoid arthritis tests are negative?

What could a positive ANA of 1:640 speckled indicate if lupus and rheumatoid arthritis tests are negative?

Need more testing: ANA is a screening test. A positive result only indicates more testing might be needed. The speckled portion of the result is not very helpful on its own. About 5% of humans (1 in 20) have a positive ANA for no reason. ...Read more

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I have rheumatoid arthritis and discoid lupus. For many years I have experienced sudden urging itches on different spots of my body.

Likely unrelated: I doubt that itching is related to the underlying diseases but it can be secondary to medications, especially plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine). ...Read more

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What is worse lupus or rheumatoid arthritis?

Neither: Both lupus and rheumatoid arthritis are serious autoimmune illnesses that can range from mild to severe. They can effect other organs in the body, not just the joints. The long term complications of these illnesses can be minimized by seeking care from an experienced rheumatologist. ...Read more

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I tested positive for lupus and negative for rheumatoid arthritis. How accurate are these tests?

Tests are accurate: If you have the right tests theses are quite accurate.You should discuss with your doctor who ordered the tests, because he knows your clinical history and will be able to explain the results to you.I can not answer without knowing the tests which were done. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more


Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Hives (Definition)

A condition characterized by an outbreak of red bumps that appear quickly after exposure to certain allergens (foods, medications, or other substances). They can vary in size, are itchy, can burn, and can last for up to ...Read more