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What Is The Average Age Of Death In People With Lupus
Difficult to say : Life expectancy has improved over the years for lupus patients. Used to, patients with lupus were more apt to die from complications of their disease and infections as a result of the therapies. Now with better recognition and therapy for lupus, we are beginning to see more death as a result of cardiovascular disease. Thus; it all the more important to have follow with your primary and your rheu. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If someone has a severe case of lupus what would they be experiencing and what are the chances of death?
Very low!: Death usually is the result of kidney disease, cerebral vasculitis, thrombocytopenia, and infection.The regimens available have changed this landscape tremendously. I have had only one sle death in 28 years. It was not the lupus, but systemic infection from a feeding line. All with severe sle should be managed by a specialist in rheumatology! all data on sle related deaths don't reflect new rxs! ...Read more
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
Not likely: Why worry about 3 disorders, as you likely possess one unifying diagnosis to explain your problems. A good place to start is with an endocrinologist to deal with diabetes and the complications secondary to this. Focus on these issues, and later, if things seem peculiar look into co-morbities. Lastly, if you possess diabetes and lupus, doubt you have ms in addition. ...Read more
No average: It varies by severity of lupus. I have seen people who have fever and a rash on the face who are found to have kidney disease in the initial blood work that lead to a lupus diagnosis almost immediately. Others have non-specific symptoms such as fatigue, joint pain, pleurisy type pains with a normal chest X-ray and "borderline" lupus blood tests who go years before a firm diagnosis is established. ...Read more
It depends: It most often can be made early if the doctor suspects it is present and orders appropriate tests. See a rheumatologist. ...Read more
Need further test: False positive RPR may suggest antibodies in the blood that is cross reacting with RPR test reagent. Common antibodies are antiphospholipid antibodies that gives false positive RPR. Lupus is diagnosed based on signs and symptoms PLUS presence of ANA antibodies in the blood. You can ask your MD to check for these antibodies by blood tests. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If someone doesn't have Lupus in his past life.Why is it suddenly comes on at age 36?Is it a switch in the body turn on coincidently?Is it environment
Perhaps: Autoimmune diseases such as lupus are considered conditions from impairment in immune regulation (which tends to worsen as we age). Sun exposure has been known to trigger a lupus exacerbation but is not a cause. Perhaps environmental factors may have something to do with it but we have little knowledge of that. Increased abdominal fat many add to the inflammation. Female hormone may play a role. ...Read more
Depends: SLE (systemic lupus Erythematosis) starting at age 60 is usually milder than starting at age 25. This is based on an average disease severity. There have always been younger patients with mild disease and older patients with severe disease. Most of the time even severe life threatening parts of SLE can be controlled. Talk with your rheumatologist about your symptoms and your risk. Good luck ...Read more
With a strong family history of lupus, and some symptoms arising would it be wise to be tested for it at the age of 27?
Yes it is wise to...: Lupus is so called the master of disguise..It can mimic so many different diseases and can cause quite a bit of disability if left untreated. It is not curable but treatable. Testing is simple and so it is wise to do so since you are reporting to have some symptoms already. It can have a negative impact on pregnancy as well..So, consult your doc..Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My WBC is 2000 consistently. I have lupus. Could that be "normal" & non concerning for an average person, or just "normal" in someone with lupus?
Just out of curiosity, how often do rheumatologists come across a new patient they diagnose with lupus? Is it rarely? a couple times/year on average?
Room For More Rheum: Here's the set-up, you do the math: on average,about 5 cases per 100,000 adult population in the U.S. get diagnosed with Lupus each year. There are about 250 million adults and 5000 rheumatologists in the U.S. And the answer is: a)3 b)30 c)300 d)3000 e)all f)none If you calculate (or guess) right, you win an all expenses paid trip to your favorite rheumatologist for any tests you'd like taken ...Read more
If you have CNS lupus does that mean you have a poorer prognosis than the average lupus patient & is vertigo and headaches symptom of CNS lupus?
Yes to symptoms: There are very many symptoms of CNS lupus and vertigo and headaches are common features. V cns disease and kidney disease are two of the more serious system involvements in lupus depending on all of the CNS symptoms will determine long term survival. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I got tested for rheumatoid factors. My results was 12 UI/mL I'm 19 yr old and my mom has lupus. I was told this is a high number for my age? True?
Depends on the lab: The result may be normal. The level depends on how the lab does the test and what their normal levels are. Remember that relatives of people with Rheumatoid Arthritis can also have positive Rheumatoid Factor and not have Rheumatoid Arthritis.. This suggests that there are some genetic factors or immunogenetic (immunology of the genetic system) factors that are invovled ...Read more
My sister, aged 48 was diagnosed lupus nephritis, ANA ve in nov 2009 , as on date no significant sle related symptoms, is it mis-diagnosis?Sug tests?
Kidney biopsy. : Abnormal blood or protein in urine and other blood tests can suggest lupus nephritis even if there are no other "extra-renal" symptoms of lupus. Only a kidney biopsy can definitively diagnose or rule out lupus nephritis. Your sister should discuss these questions with her nephrologist. ...Read more
How risky is attempting pregnancy at the age of 40, mild lupus, antiphospholipid antibody syndrome currently taking coumadin (warfarin)?
Risks are low!: I do not see major risks in becoming pregnant, that is if you get pregnant. You will be switched to heparin, probably once daily lovenox (enoxaparin). But your lupus can be managed successfully during pregnancy, and the hughes syndrome should be a non-issue if on an anticoagulant. Hope you achieve your goal! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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