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Lupus

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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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Your Question

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

Our Answer

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What is lupus?

Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can affect almost every organ in the body. Symptoms of lupus can range from very mild to life-threatening. There are three types of lupus; systemic lupus erythematosus, discoid lupus, and drug-induced lupus. Genetics is thought to play a role in the development of lupus along with other lifestyle and environmental factors. Studies suggest that a number of different genes may be involved in determining a person’s likelihood of developing the disease, which tissues and organs are affected, and the severity of disease. The 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: 8/26/2015

What are the signs and symptoms of lupus?

You can read about the signs and symptoms of lupus from MedlinePlus and the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS).
Last updated: 8/26/2015

References
Other Names for this Disease
  • Discoid lupus
  • Disseminated lupus erythematosus
  • Lupus erythematosus
  • SLE
  • Subacute cutaneous lupus
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.