* Not a rare disease
Other Names for this Disease
- Systemic lupus erythematosus
- Disseminated lupus erythematosus
- Lupus erythematosus
- Discoid lupus
- Subacute cutaneous lupus
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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.Lupus is an
Last updated: 8/26/2015
- Handout on Health: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS). February 2015; http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Lupus/default.asp.
- The American Academy of Dermatology has developed an information page on lupus and the skin. Click on the link above to view the information page.
- Genetics Home Reference (GHR) contains information on Lupus. This website is maintained by the National Library of Medicine.
- The American Association for Clinical Chemistry has an information page on ANA (Antinuclear Antibody Test) which is used to test for Lupus. Click on the link above to view the information page.
- The Lupus Foundation of America has an information page on lupus and antiphospholipid antibodies. Click on Lupus Foundation of America to view the information page.
- MedlinePlus was designed by the National Library of Medicine to help you research your health questions, and it provides more information about this topic.
- The Merck Manuals Online Medical Library provides information on this condition for patients and caregivers.
- The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) support research into the causes, treatment, and prevention of arthritis and musculoskeletal and skin diseases, the training of basic and clinical scientists to carry out this research, and the dissemination of information on research progress in these diseases. Click on the link to view information on this topic.
- The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) collects and disseminates research information related to neurological disorders. Click on the link to view information on this topic.
- The KidsHealth's Web site has information on lupus for children. Click on KidsHealth to view the information page.
- The Nemours Foundation's TeenHealth Web site has information on lupus for teens. Click on Nemours Foundation TeenHealth to view the information page.
- Medscape Reference provides information on this topic. You may need to register to view the medical textbook, but registration is free.
- Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) is a catalog of human genes and genetic disorders. Each entry has a summary of related medical articles. It is meant for health care professionals and researchers. OMIM is maintained by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
- Orphanet is a European reference portal for information on rare diseases and orphan drugs. Access to this database is free of charge.
- PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Lupus. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.