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What is the cause of lupus erythematosus?

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Dr. John Goldman
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
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In brief: Autoimmune

Systemic lupus erythematosus is an auto immune illness.
This means people have a immume response against themselves and their own tissues. The hallmark blood test is a positive anti-nuclear antibody or an ana. Depending on what tissue is involved results in the clinical symptoms such as rash, arthritis, kidney disease etc. The cause seems be a combination of genetic and environmental exposures.

In brief: Autoimmune

Systemic lupus erythematosus is an auto immune illness.
This means people have a immume response against themselves and their own tissues. The hallmark blood test is a positive anti-nuclear antibody or an ana. Depending on what tissue is involved results in the clinical symptoms such as rash, arthritis, kidney disease etc. The cause seems be a combination of genetic and environmental exposures.
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