Medical Dictionary: Lupus Erythematosus
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Lupus Erythematosus: Another name for Lupus.
Lupus Erythematosus (condition): Autoimmune disease with numerous effects on various organs and linings.
Lupus Erythematosus (condition): Lupus is an autoimmune disease affecting mostly women and causing various effects throughout different parts of the body. Its severity can range from very mild to extremely serious depending on which body organs are afflicted.
Lupus is difficult to diagnose and often misdiagnosed
unless there is a characteristic symptom such as
the butterfly-shaped rash over the cheeks.
There is no single definitive blood test for lupus
and doctors have to make the diagnosis based on a
variety of symptoms and diagnostic tests.
Lupus is one of a group of conditions with vague symptoms
such as fatigue or malaise,
and may need to be distinguished from
fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome,
Type 2 diabetes, depression, Lyme disease, multiple sclerosis,
or various other conditions.
If the main symptoms are joint symptoms,
then various other causes of arthritis need to be considered.
Lupus (also called systemic lupus erythematosus
or SLE) is a disorder of the immune system which normally functions to
protect the body against invading infections and cancers. In lupus, the
immune system is over-active and produces increased amounts of abnormal
antibodies that attack the patient's own tissues. Lupus can affect many
parts of the body, including the joints, skin, kidneys, lungs, heart,
nervous system, and blood vessels. The signs and symptoms of lupus differ
from person to person, and the disease can range from mild to
More information on medical condition: Lupus:
- Introduction: Lupus
- Basic Summary for Lupus
- Types of Lupus
- Medication Causes of Lupus
- Risk Factors for Lupus
- Symptoms of Lupus
- Complications of Lupus
- Diagnostic Tests for Lupus
- Misdiagnosis of Lupus
- Treatments for Lupus
1. excerpt from NINDS Neurological Sequelae Of Lupus Information Page: NINDS
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