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SYSTEMIC LUPUS ERYTHEMATOSUS & TREATMENT

Read about systemic lupus erythematosus medical facts: what is the definition of systemic lupus erythematosus, what are the signs and symptoms, medical treatment & how to treat systemic lupus erythematosus, information about the causes, diagnosis, and related systemic lupus erythematosus diseases.

Definition: What is "systemic lupus erythematosus"?

SYSTEMIC LUPUS ERYTHEMATOSUS

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE or lupus) is a chronic autoimmune disease that can be fatal, though with recent medical advances, fatalities are becoming increasingly less. As with other autoimmune diseases, the immune system attacks the body's cells & tissue, causing inflammation & tissue damage.

Symptoms & Signs

SLE's symptoms vary so widely it often mimics or is mistaken for other illnesses. Diagnosis can be elusive, with patients sometimes suffering unexplained symptoms & untreated SLE for years on end. Common initial & chronic complaints are fever, malaise, fatigue, joint pains & myalgias.

Treatment: How to Treat "systemic lupus erythematosus"?

As lupus erythematosus is a chronic disease with no known cure, treatment is limited to dealing with the symptoms; essentially this involves preventing flares & reducing their severity & duration when they occur

Causes

The precise reason for the abnormal autoimmunity that causes lupus is unknown. Inherited genes, viruses, ultraviolet light & drugs may all be involved.

Diagnosis

Since patients with SLE can have a wide variety of symptoms & different combinations of organ involvement, no single test ensures the diagnosis of systemic lupus.

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