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  Rosacea Basics: What Looks Like Rosacea: Lupus Erythematosus
Lupus erythematosus is an autoimmune disease, that is, a disease that alters the function of your immune system.
Lupus erythematosus is a condition in which there is antibody production to self-tissues, and these may be detected in the skin with this test.
The skin manifestations of lupus erythematosus are the result of inflammation in the skin that is primarily mediated by inflammatory cells called T lymphocytes.
www.rosaceaguide.ca /basics/like_rosacea/lupus_erythematosus.html   (1687 words)

 Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) Causes, Symptoms, Treatment, Signs and Information on MedicineNet.com
Lupus attacked her lungs, causing shortness of breath, sleeping problems, and more pain in the form of pleurisy.
Lupus is a condition of chronic inflammation caused by an autoimmune disease.
Genetic factors increase the tendency of developing autoimmune diseases, and autoimmune diseases such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and immune thyroid disorders are more common among relatives of patients with lupus than the general population.
www.medicinenet.com /systemic_lupus/article.htm   (1015 words)

 Discoid lupus erythematosus - WrongDiagnosis.com
Discoid lupus erythematosus refers to a skin disorder in which a red, raised rash appears on the face, scalp, or elsewhere.
Discoid Lupus Erythematosus of the Scalp and a Trial of Biologic Therapy With Raptiva - This study is currently recruiting patients (Current: 23 Nov 2006) - Raptiva (efalizumab)
Discoid lupus erythematosus is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
www.wrongdiagnosis.com /d/discoid_lupus_erythematosus/intro.htm   (810 words)

  Handout on Health: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Discoid lupus erythematosus is a chronic skin disorder in which a red, raised rash appears on the face, scalp, or elsewhere.
Lupus is a complex disease, and its cause is unknown.
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)

  Lupus Erythematosus - MSN Encarta
Lupus Erythematosus, chronic, noncontagious autoimmune disease in which the immune system treats the body’s own tissue as a foreign substance and produces antibodies to fight it.
Commonly known as lupus, the disease follows an irregular course of remissions and flare-ups, and may often be incapacitating.
Research has shown that the disease results when a specific set of susceptible genes is exposed to a combination of environmental factors such as infectious agents, certain drugs such as anticonvulsants, some penicillins, and estrogen therapy, excessive ultraviolet light, physical trauma, or emotional stress.
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 Patient Education - Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Systemic lupus erythematosus, often referred to simply as lupus, is a serious disease affecting the joints, kidneys, and skin.
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.
www.rheumatology.org /public/factsheets/sle_new.asp   (1598 words)

 The Facts about Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Lupus is a complex disease, and its cause is unknown.
Diagnosis and treatment of lupus are often a team effort between the patient and several types of health care professionals that might include a family doctors or internists, rheumatologists, immunologists, nurses, psychologists, social workers, nephrologists, hematologists, dermatologists, and neurologists.
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).
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 Living With Lupus
When Gina was diagnosed with lupus as a teen more than 5 years ago, she and her family finally had an explanation for the joint pain, fatigue, muscle pain, rash, mouth ulcers, and hair loss that had sent her to a variety of specialists for several months.
Lupus is a rheumatic condition (having to do with the muscles, joints, and connective tissue) that affects 1.5 million people in the United States, including an estimated 10,000 children.
Lupus is known as an autoimmune disease in which a person's immune system mistakenly works against the body's own tissues.
www.kidshealth.org /parent/medical/arthritis/lupus.html   (1252 words)

 Handout on Health: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. Help for Headaches and Migraine Disease from Teri Robert, Writer and ...
This booklet is for people who have systemic lupus erythematosus, commonly called SLE or lupus, as well as for their family and friends and others who want to better understand the disease.
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).
In childhood lupus, researchers are evaluating the safety and effectiveness of drugs called statins that lower LDL (or bad) cholesterol levels as a method of preventing fat buildup in the blood vessels.
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 Lupus Erythematosus
Lupus that is limited to the skin is called discoid lupus erythematosus.
Lupus symptoms such as fatigue and pain are frequently vague, and can be attributed to other problems.
Because symptoms of lupus may also occur in other diseases, and because they may wax and wane in type and severity, an accurate and rapid diagnosis is often difficult.
www.pdrhealth.com /patient_education/BHG01RH18.shtml   (3143 words)

 Lupus Trust of New Zealand - A History of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Later in the 19th century, Cazenare, a student of French Dermatologist Blett, introduces the term lupus erythematosus and confirms that this is distinct from other ulcerating skin.
He is acknowledged to be the first person to describe systemic lupus erythematosus and also the first to describe the butterfly rash on the lupus sufferer’s face.
Heather was diagnosed with Lupus in 1980 and not being aware that David had founded The Lupus Association of NZ (not registered) she contacted the Arthritis Foundation.
www.lupus.org.nz /history.html   (1255 words)

 Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus or SLE) is an autoimmune condition which causes various tissues in the body to become inflamed.
Systemic lupus erythematosus, (SLE or simply lupus) is one of the illnesses known as auto-immune diseases, in which the body's defence mechanisms attack the body itself.
Lupus nephritis is an inflammation of the kidneys caused by lupus.
www.healthinsite.gov.au /topics/Systemic_Lupus_Erythematosus   (629 words)

 Drug-Induced Lupus Erythematosus - Lupus Foundation of America, Inc.
Drug-induced lupus erythematosus is a side-effect of long-term use of certain medications.
Drug-induced lupus should not be confused with the drug side-effects that often occur after short-term therapy for gastrointestinal, neurologic, or allergic symptoms.
The ANAs in drug-induced lupus are primarily autoantibodies that are able to react with a histone-DNA complex, which is the major component of the nucleus of all cells.
www.lupus.org /education/brochures/drug.html   (1647 words)

 lupus erythematosus
Lupus is an autoimmune disorder, meaning that the body mounts an inappropriate immune response to some part of itself.
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an uncommon but severe disorder in which the inappropriate immune response is widespread in the body, and can cause arthritis, kidney disease, anemia, and skin disease.
Cutaneous lupus erythematosus (CLE) is thought to be a milder variant of SLE, and the problems are confined to the skin.
www.upei.ca /~cidd/Diseases/immune%20disorders/lupus%20erythematosus.htm   (754 words)

 Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune illness that causes a characteristic butterfly-shaped rash on the face accompanied by inflammation of connective tissue, particularly joints, throughout the body.
Discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE) is a milder form of lupus that affects the skin.
Lupus erythematosus: Treatment by combined use of massive amounts of pantothenic acid and vitamin E. Arch Dermatol Syphilol 1954;70:181–98.
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 Lupus/Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)
Lupus involves inflammation (the immune system's response to kill foreign agents, virus, bacteria).
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.
www.arthritis.org /conditions/DiseaseCenter/lupus.asp   (473 words)

 AllRefer Health - Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (Disseminated Lupus Erythematosus, Lupus, Lupus Erythematosus, SLE)
In systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and other autoimmune diseases, these defenses are turned against the body and rogue immune cells attack tissues.
When this occurs, it is known as drug-induced lupus erythematosus and it is usually reversible when the medication is stopped.
However, less than 50% have lupus nephritis as defined by persistent inflammation (irritation and swelling) in the kidney.
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 Lupus (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus)
Systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus, SLE) is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s immune system attacks various organs or cells of the body causing damage and dysfunction.
Lupus is more common in women than men, and its peak incidence is after puberty—the reason for this is unknown.
While lupus is a chronic illness, it is characterized by periods when the disease activity is minimal or absent (remission) and when it is active (relapse or flare).
www.emedicinehealth.com /articles/5382-1.asp   (184 words)

 Lupus (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus) -- Symptoms
If you have lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE), you may be extremely tired, have skin rashes, or have joint pain.
Lupus arthritis often occurs on both sides of the body at the same time, particularly in the wrists, small joints of the hands, elbows, knees, and ankles.
Heart problems: People with lupus may develop inflammation of the heart sac (pericarditis), which may cause severe, sudden pain in the center of the left side of the chest that may spread to the neck, back, shoulders, or arms.
www.webmd.com /hw/lupus/hw123438.asp   (582 words)

 Systemic Lupus Erythematosus - New Treatments, January 2, 2007
Systemic lupus erythematosus is a multisystem disease that affects predominantly women between the ages of 16 and 55 years, especially African-American and Asian women.
The exact etiology of systemic lupus erythematosus remains unknown, although the manifestations are attributed to the presence of multiple autoantibodies.
Treatment begins with reassurance that systemic lupus erythematosus is not necessarily a life-threatening illness and with institution of prophylactic measures such as potent sunscreens or avoiding excessive sun exposure in photosensitive patients.
www.ccspublishing.com /journals4a/systemic_lupus_erythematosus.htm   (516 words)

 eMedicine - Systemic Lupus Erythematosus : Article by Christie M Bartels, MD
Lupus peritonitis is a less common serositis that may be present, even in the absence of ascites.
Lupus skin rash often demonstrates inflammatory infiltrates at the dermoepidermal junction and vacuolar change in the basal columnar cells.
Newer lupus nephritis literature has shown that mycophenolate is a safe maintenance agent and is potentially an induction agent, although long-term comparative studies with cyclophosphamide are necessary.
www.emedicine.com /MED/topic2228.htm   (6502 words)

 Discoid Lupus Erythematosus - Info on Discoid Lupus Erythematosus Symptom, Causes & Treatment
Discoid Lupus Erythematosus is a very common type of skin disorders but is very dangerous also.
Discoid lupus erythematosus is a chronic skin condition characterized by inflammation and scarring type skin lesions which occur on the face, ears, scalp and at times on other body areas.
The cause of the Discoid Lupus Erythematosus is unknown.
www.beauty-makeup-skincare.com /skin-disorders/discoid-lupus-erythematosus.htm   (262 words)

Lupus is a chronic, inflammatory autoimmune disorder that may affect the skin, joints, blood cells, and internal organs, especially the kidneys, heart and lungs.
Symptoms and signs of lupus are highly variable and include: muscle pain; arthritis-like pain in one or more joints (but no or little joint damage); a red rash — particularly one resembling a butterfly across the nose and cheeks; fever, persistent fatigue; sensitivity to ultraviolet light; and hair loss.
Lupus causes glomerulonephritis, a condition that affects the kidney’s ability to filter toxins, leading to kidney failure.
www.labtestsonline.org /understanding/conditions/lupus.html   (411 words)

 Systemic lupus erythematosus definition - Arthritis and arthritic conditions, medications, and treatment on ...
Systemic lupus erythematosus: 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.
A symptom of discoid lupus is a painless rash on the face and scalp that does not itch but may cause scarring and permanent hair loss.
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