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  Lupus - WrongDiagnosis.com
Lupus is an autoimmune disease affecting mostly women and causing various effects throughout different parts of the body.
Lupus is difficult to diagnose and often misdiagnosed unless there is a characteristic symptom such as the butterfly-shaped rash over the cheeks.
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.
www.wrongdiagnosis.com /l/lupus/intro.htm   (1226 words)

  
  Lupus erythematosus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE or lupus) is a chronic, potentially debilitating or fatal autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the body’s cells and tissue, resulting in inflammation and tissue damage.
Discoid lupus is limited to skin symptoms and is diagnosed via biopsy of skin rash on the face, neck or scalp.
Drug-induced lupus is a reversible condition that usually occurs in patients being treated for a long-term illness.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Lupus_erythematosus   (2338 words)

  
 Lupus- Health Encyclopedia and Reference
Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease in which the body's antibodies attack one's own tissues.
Lupus frequently strikes women of childbearing years, however, it can affect both sexes from youth to the elderly and range in severity from mild to disabling.
Although the causes of lupus are not completely understood, the disease is believed to result from an interplay of genetic, environmental (such as ultraviolet light, stress, infections, certain drugs and chemicals) and hormonal factors.
drdean.healthcentral.com /encyclopedia/408/118.html   (953 words)

  
 Arthritis Research Campaign | Lupus (SLE)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Lupus is a form of arthritis that mainly affects women during their child-bearing years.
Lupus is not inherited in the family in the same way that, say, blue eyes are, but some genes that are inherited from one's parents do seem to contribute to the development of the disease.
A diagnosis of lupus is made based upon a combination of what you have told the doctor, what the doctor found by examining you, and the results of tests.
www.arc.org.uk /about_arth/booklets/6023/6023.htm   (4671 words)

  
 Lupus   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Lupus (pronounced: loo-pus) is a disease that involves the immune system and affects about 1.5 million Americans; nearly 90% of those diagnosed with the disease are female.
But when a person has lupus, his or her immune system goes into overdrive and can't tell the difference between some of the body's normal, healthy cells and germs that can cause infection.
Drug-induced lupus is similar to SLE in the ways it affects the body, but once a person stops taking the medicine, the symptoms usually go away.
kidshealth.org /teen/diseases_conditions/bones/lupus.html   (1011 words)

  
 Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) Causes, Symptoms, Treatment, Diagnosis and Information on MedicineNet.com
Lupus nephritis is kidney disease that is caused by lupus.
Moreover, the treatment for individual patients with lupus nephritis depends not only on their own particular form of kidney disease, but also on the manner in which lupus is affecting other areas of their body, their overall health, and their personal wishes.
Lupus is a condition of chronic inflammation caused by an autoimmune disease.
www.medicinenet.com /systemic_lupus/article.htm   (1160 words)

  
 Information about Lupus
Lupus is an autoimmune disorder where the immune system loses its ability to tell the difference between foreign substances (antigens) and its own cells and tissues.
Lupus can affect various parts of the body, especially the skin, joints, blood, lungs, heart, and kidneys.
Lupus is not a form of cancer, and you cannot "catch" it from another person.
www.mamashealth.com /lupus.asp   (570 words)

  
 Lupus in Dogs   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Discoid lupus is an immune mediated skin disease that is probably related to systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) but instead of affecting the whole body as SLE does, it primarily affects the nose and face.
Lupus is not curable but it is often possible for a dog to live with it successfully.
Continuous monitoring of patients suspected of having lupus should be part of the treatment, due to the possibility of another problem, the multitude of side effects that can occur and the potential for problems from the medications used to treat it.
www.vetinfo.com /dlupus.html   (3237 words)

  
 Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) Clinical Overview   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Discoid lupus is an illness characterized by a non-photosensitive, chronic and potentially scarring skin disease.
Drug induced lupus is usually characterized by fever, hematological abnormalities such as an autoimmune hemolytic anemia or autoimmune thrombocytopenia, or serositis.
ANA negative or Ro lupus is defined by the absence of an ANA and the present of a lupus-like illness.
cerebel.com /lupus/overview.htm   (1289 words)

  
 Handout on Health: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Lupus is a complex disease, and its cause is unknown.
People with lupus who are using corticosteroids should talk to their doctors about taking supplemental calcium and vitamin D or other drugs to reduce the risk of osteoporosis (weakened, fragile bones).
Lupus patients with a history of kidney disease have a higher risk of preeclampsia (hypertension with a buildup of excess watery fluid in cells or tissues of the body).
www.niams.nih.gov /hi/topics/lupus/slehandout   (6488 words)

  
 Cyndee's Lupus Home Page - Living With Lupus Over 30 Years
Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease which causes inflammation of various parts of the body, especially the skin, joints, blood, and kidneys.
Although the cause of lupus is unknown, scientists suspect that individuals are genetically predisposed to lupus, and know that environmental factors such as infections, antibiotics, ultraviolet light, extreme stress and certain drugs play a critical role in triggering lupus.
The disease comes in three forms: discoid lupus, which is limited to the skin and often identified by a rash on the face, neck or scalp; systemic lupus, which can affect almost any organ or system of the body; and drug-induced lupus, which presents itself after the use of certain prescribed drugs.
www.public.asu.edu /~cyndee74   (733 words)

  
 Lupus
Lupus (SLE) is a chronic, inflammatory autoimmune disorder that may affect many organ systems including the skin, joints, and internal organs.
Some ways lupus shows itself include: arthritis-like joint pain; a rash — particularly one resembling a butterfly across the nose and cheeks; increased protein in the kidney cells; seizures; psychoses or headaches; blood clots leading to strokes and pulmonary embolisms; and inflammation of parts of the heart and lungs.
Decreased amounts may be associated with lupus, gram-negative septicemia, and shock, as well as malaria.
www.labtestsonline.org /understanding/conditions/lupus.html   (605 words)

  
 Patient Education - Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Systemic lupus erythematosus (also called SLE or lupus) is a chronic inflammatory disease that can affect the skin, joints, kidneys, lungs, nervous system, and/or other organs of the body.
Lupus is a disease that can lead to inflammation in multiple organs including the kidneys, the lining tissue of the heart and lungs (pleuritis and pericarditis), and the brain as well as the joints and skin.
The unpredictability of lupus and the occasional lack of response to treatment may cause some patients to be depressed, lose hope or the will to keep fighting, or other emotional distress such as irritability or anger.
www.rheumatology.org /public/factsheets/sle_new.asp?aud=pat   (1598 words)

  
 Neurological Sequelae Of Lupus Information Page: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
In lupus, the immune system is over-active and produces increased amounts of abnormal antibodies that attack the body's tissues and organs.
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.
www.ninds.nih.gov /disorders/lupus/lupus.htm   (449 words)

  
 LUPUS FOUNDATION OF AMERICA
Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that can affect various parts of the body, especially the skin, joints, blood, and kidneys.
Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can affect various parts of the body, including the skin, joints, heart, lungs, blood, kidneys and brain.
The Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) estimates between 1.5 - 2 million Americans have a form of lupus, but the actual number may be higher.
www.lupus.org /education/whatis.html   (325 words)

  
 LUPUS
Lupus can present in a bewildering number of ways, even to the extent of mimicking other diseases such as RA and MS.
With the variety of presentations, lupus is difficult to diagnose and it can be overlooked, often for years, unless the doctor or consultant is alert to its possibility.
In fact, some very common symptoms of lupus (such as chronic fevers, fatigue and hair loss) are not included in the criteria because these symptoms are also very common to other conditions.
journals.aol.com /thebaabee/LUANNESLIFELIVINGWITHLUPUS/entries/857   (2194 words)

  
 Lupus/Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)
Lupus is sometimes difficult to diagnose because there is no single set of symptoms.
Lupus affects women about 8 to 10 times as often as men and often occurs around the ages of 18 to 45.
New cases of lupus are more common in families where one member already has the disease.
www.arthritis.org /conditions/DiseaseCenter/lupus.asp   (473 words)

  
 Do I have Lupus?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Lupus can involve the joints, the skin, the kidneys, the lungs, the heart and/or the brain.
Lupus sometimes seems to run in families, which suggests the disease may be hereditary.
Lupus is most common in women between the ages of 15 and 44.
www.niams.nih.gov /hi/topics/lupus/tengo/english.htm   (2710 words)

  
 Lupus   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Lupus, also called systemic lupus erythematosus (sis-teh-mik lew-pus er-eh-thee-muh-toh-sis) or SLE, is a disease that affects your immune system.
For most people though, lupus is a mild disease affecting only a few parts of your body, and some patients don't get inner organ problems (like in the heart and lungs), but do have skin and joint problems.
People with lupus who are using corticosteroids should talk to their HCPs about taking calcium supplements, vitamin D, or other drugs to reduce the risk of osteoporosis (weakened, fragile bones).
www.4woman.gov /faq/lupus.htm   (2115 words)

  
 Welcome to LUPUS   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
LUPUS is a group of 8 sublists, by topic, which addresses the need for sharing information and support for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), discoid lupus (DLE) and associated diseases that tend to cluster with lupus.
While moderated, discussion will not be directed, although may be redirected when the majority of listowners feels it should be taken off the list and into private discussion via personal email.
Whether you suffer the disease, or suffer for one you love, please do not exact your stresses on the other participants in this safe place--the rules are not to inhibit the sharing of information, but to allow its continuity without harm to those who come here seeking community.
www.acor.org /lupus   (308 words)

  
 Lupus - MayoClinic.com
Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that can target your joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, heart and lungs.
In rare cases, mothers can pass antibodies to their babies during childbirth (neonatal lupus erythematosus), though the mothers themselves usually show no signs of lupus.
The outlook for people with lupus was once grim, but diagnosis and treatment of lupus has improved considerably.
www.mayoclinic.com /health/lupus/DS00115   (240 words)

  
 Lupus (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus)-Topic Overview
Lupus is an autoimmune disease, which means that the body's natural defense system (immune system) attacks its own tissues instead of attacking foreign substances like bacteria and viruses.
One of the goals of controlling mild to moderate lupus symptoms is to prevent flares, the times when your symptoms are worse.
It is important to learn about lupus so that you can understand how it might affect your life and how you can best cope with it.
lupus.webmd.com /guide/Lupus-Systemic-Lupus-Erythematosus-Topic-Overview   (696 words)

  
 Lupus definition - Arthritis and arthritic conditions, medications, and treatment on MedicineNet.com
Lupus: A chronic inflammatory condition caused by an autoimmune disease.
Patients with lupus have unusual antibodies in their blood that are targeted against their own body tissues.
Up to 10% of persons with discoid lupus (lupus limited to the skin) eventually develop the systemic form of lupus (SLE).
www.medterms.com /script/main/art.asp?articlekey=8064   (391 words)

  
 CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Lupus
He believed in a twofold predestination, not indeed in the sense that God predestined some men to damnation, but that he foreknew the sins of men and foreordained consequent punishment.
The closing years of the life of Lupus were saddened by the threatened devastation of his monastery by the invading Normans.
He occupies a prominent place in medieval literary history, being one of the most cultured and refined men of the ninth century.
www.newadvent.org /cathen/09436b.htm   (436 words)

  
 MedlinePlus: Lupus
The primary NIH organization for research on Lupus is the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
Lupus is also more common in African American, Hispanic, Asian and Native American women.
There is no one test to diagnose lupus, and it may take months or years to make the diagnosis.
www.nlm.nih.gov /medlineplus/lupus.html   (576 words)

  
 La Jolla Pharmaceutical Company
La Jolla Pharmaceutical Company ("La Jolla") is dedicated to improving and preserving human life by developing innovative pharmaceutical products.
The Company's leading product in development is Riquent®, which is designed to treat lupus renal disease by preventing or delaying renal flares.
Lupus renal disease is a leading cause of sickness and death in patients with lupus.
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 Lupus News & Articles from Medical News Today   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Lupus Research Institute awards $4.5 million to advance new science in lupus
Despite causes of lupus proving complex, critical 'checkpoint' suggesting new therapy is revealed
Genes tied to abnormal immune response in mice with lupus
www.medicalnewstoday.com /medicalnews.php?category=75   (293 words)

  
 WebMD Lupus Health Center - Information on Lupus symptoms and treatments
When people with severe lupus have failed other treatment options, their stem cells may help save their lives.
Lupus: Dx & Tx -- Daniel Wallace, MD. -- 11/20/02.
Lupus is an often misunderstood illness, and it helps if you can talk with people who know what you are going through.
www.webmd.com /diseases_and_conditions/lupus.htm   (196 words)

  
 LUPUS   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Keratin and involucrin expression in discoid lupus erythematosus and lichen planus.
Lupus and Infections and Immunizations Univ of Calgary
Student case history--This is a Student presentation on Lupus and the Spleen in a particular case.
www.edae.gr /lupus.html   (3860 words)

  
 Lupus
Just a few years ago women with lupus were told not to get pregnant and if they happened to become pregnant they were encouraged to abort.
Fatigue is a very common complaint of all people with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), even when no other symptoms of active disease are present.
Although there are no specific dietary guidelines for people with lupus, there are some nutrition issues that you should know about.
www.arthritisinsight.com /medical/disease/sle.html   (284 words)

  
 Lupus: Overview
Lupus erythematosus is an autoimmune disease of unknown cause defined by a list of clinical characteristics in association with auto antibody production.
The disease presents as a spectrum from limited skin disease at one pole to life-threatening systemic disease at the other pole.
Treating lupus: topical and local treatment like corticsteriod cream or ointment, systemic treatment like vitamin A derivatives (isotretinoin or acitretin)or severe lupus uses more potent immunosuppressive drugs.
www.skincareguide.ca /conditions/lupus.html   (177 words)

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