SYSTEMIC LUPUS ERYTHEMATOSUS & TREATMENT
Definition: What is "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
The precise reason for the abnormal autoimmunity that causes lupus is unknown. Inherited genes, viruses, ultraviolet light & drugs may all be involved.
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.