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* Not a rare disease
Other Names for this Disease
  • Discoid lupus
  • Disseminated lupus erythematosus
  • Lupus erythematosus
  • SLE
  • Subacute cutaneous lupus
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What are the signs and symptoms of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)?

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What is lupus?

Lupus is an autoimmune disease. It can affect almost every organ in the body. Symptoms of lupus can be very mild to life threatening. There are three types of lupus; systemic lupus erythematosus, discoid lupus, and drug-induced lupus. Treatment of lupus depends on the severity of the condition and what parts of the body are affected. Treatment may include acetaminophen, ibuprofen, antimalarial drugs, anti-inflammatory steroids, and/or immunosuppressive drugs.[1]
Last updated: 3/11/2010

What are the signs and symptoms of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)?

MedlinePlus has an article on this condition that includes information on the symptoms of SLE.
Last updated: 11/20/2012