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Doctor insights on: What Causes Lupus To Be Widespread Or Localized

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What causes lupus? 

What causes lupus? 

More than one reason: It is felt the lupus is the result of a combination of things some of which are not known. A combination of genetic wrists, environmental exposures, possible viral infections are all considered. There may be more than one cause of lupus. ...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 causes lupus to happen?

What causes lupus to happen?

NOT KNOWN...: No one knows the final "trigger-pull" that causes lupus. We do know genetics play some role. We do know that hormones play a major role (reason for female dominance and females rarely getting sle before puberty). But why some with similar factors get disease is not known at present. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of lupus....

What could be the cause of lupus....

Autoimmune disease: Lupus is an autoimmune disease and there may be inherited predisposition to the disease. The exact initiating event is still unknown. ...Read more

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What causes a lupus relapse in the summer ?

Sun exposure: lupus patients who ate photosensitive are more likely to flare in the summer but lupus can flare any time of the year. ...Read more

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Are sores that won't heal is caused by lupus?

Are sores that won't heal is caused by lupus?

Skin cancer?: Atypical acid fast bacilli often causes sores which do not heal or respond to the usual antibiotics. I always consider the presence of a skin cancer if a sore fails to heal . See a dermatologist. A less likely scenario would be the presence of an immune defect. ...Read more

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What kind of disease is lupus? What causes it?

SLE diagnosis: Systemic lupus erythematosus is best diagnosed by an experienced rheumatologist. It is an autoimmune disease. A high-titer ANA, >1:320 is both sensitive and specific for lupus. Other auto-antibodies can help to confirm the lupus diagnosis. Anti-Smith is highly specific for lupus but not very sensitive. Anti-dsDNA is also highly specific and tends to be seen in lupus with kidney involvement. ...Read more

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What causes lupus to flare other then sunlight?

See details: Infection, stress and tobacco use. Often it flares without an obvious cause. ...Read more

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Is it possible for lupus be cause a false negative?

No: A negative test means a negative test. If the ANA is negative, the chance of having lupus is small. ...Read more