Prognosis of Lupus


About prognosis: The 'prognosis' of Lupus usually refers to the likely outcome of Lupus. The prognosis of Lupus may include the duration of Lupus, chances of complications of Lupus, probable outcomes, prospects for recovery, recovery period for Lupus, survival rates, death rates, and other outcome possibilities in the overall prognosis of Lupus. Naturally, such forecast issues are by their nature unpredictable.

Prognosis of Lupus: Normal lifespan possible for many patients. Remissions and relapses common. 5-year survival about 97%; 10-year survival about 90%. (NWHIC).
Prognosis for Lupus: The prognosis for lupus varies widely depending on the organs involved and the intensity of the inflammatory reaction. The course of lupus is commonly chronic and relapsing, often with long periods of remission. Most patients with lupus have a normal lifespan with periodic doctor visits and treatments with various drugs. Many of the more serious problems do not affect most patients. Death is usually caused by renal failure or infection. 1 ... The good news is that with the correct medicine and by taking care of themselves, most lupus patients can hold jobs, have children, and lead full lives. 2
5-year survival rate for Lupus: It is estimated that 97 percent of individuals with SLE live at least five years3
10-year survival rate for Lupus: 90 percent live at least 10 years after diagnosis3
Complications: see complications of Lupus

Prognosis of Lupus discussion: Once a disease with high mortality, SLE is now a chronic disease because of new treatment approaches. It is estimated that 97 percent of individuals with SLE live at least five years, and 90 percent live at least 10 years after diagnosis, as compared with just 50 percent living more than four years in 1954. African Americans with SLE appear to have earlier onset, experience a more severe disease, and die earlier than Caucasians with SLE. 3

For most people, lupus is a mild disease affecting only a few organs. For others, it can be disabling and cause serious and even life-threatening problems. One in five people with the disease are disabled, most commonly from fatigue and joint and muscle pain. Fifteen to 20 percent of all cases of lupus result in death, most commonly from kidney disease, infection, and cardiovascular disease. Currently, there is no cure for lupus. However, with early diagnosis and appropriate treatment, symptoms can usually be managed, and most people with the disease can lead active, healthy lives. 4

Prognosis for Lupus: medical news summaries: The following medical news items are relevant to prognosis for Lupus:

1. excerpt from NINDS Neurological Sequelae Of Lupus Information Page: NINDS
2. excerpt from Lupus: NWHIC
3. excerpt from Connective Tissue Diseases: NWHIC
4. excerpt from Lupus Fact Sheet: NWHIC

Last revision: June 2, 2003

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