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    Lupus

    Important
    It is possible that the main title of the report Lupus is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report.

    Synonyms

    • Disseminated lupus erythematosus
    • Lupus erythematosus

    Disorder Subdivisions

    • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
    • Discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE)
    • Drug-induced lupus erythematosus

    General Discussion

    Lupus is a chronic, inflammatory autoimmune disorder affecting the connective tissue. In autoimmune disorders, the body's own immune system attacks healthy cells and tissues causing inflammation and malfunction of various organ systems. In lupus, the organ systems most often involved include the skin, kidneys, blood and joints. Many different symptoms are associated with lupus, and most affected individuals do not experience all of the symptoms. In some cases, lupus may be a mild disorder affecting only a few organ systems. In other cases, it may result in serious complications.

    There are at least three forms of lupus: the classic form, systemic lupus erythematosus; a form that only affects the skin, discoid lupus erythematosus; and drug-induced lupus erythematosus. The term lupus is most often used to denote systemic lupus erythematosus.

    Resources

    American Juvenile Arthritis Organization
    1330 West Peachtree Street, Suite 100
    Atlanta, GA 30309
    USA
    Tel: (404)965-7624
    Fax: (404)872-9559
    Tel: (800)568-4045
    Email: help@arthritis.org
    Internet: http://www.arthritis.org

    American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, Inc.
    22100 Gratiot Ave.
    Eastpointe, MI 48021
    Tel: (586)776-3900
    Fax: (586)776-3903
    Tel: (800)598-4668
    Email: aarda@aarda.org
    Internet: http://www.aarda.org/

    Lupus Foundation of America, Inc.
    2000 L Street NW
    Suite 710
    Washington, DC 20036
    USA
    Tel: (202)349-1155
    Fax: (202)349-1156
    Tel: (800)558-0121
    Email: info@lupus.org
    Internet: http://www.lupus.org

    Arthritis Foundation
    1330 West Peachtree Street, Suite 100
    Atlanta, GA 30309
    USA
    Tel: (404)872-7100
    Tel: (800)283-7800
    Email: arthritisfoundation@arthritis.org
    Internet: http://www.arthritis.org

    NIH/National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
    Information Clearinghouse
    One AMS Circle
    Bethesda, MD 20892-3675
    USA
    Tel: (301)495-4484
    Fax: (301)718-6366
    Tel: (877)226-4267
    TDD: (301)565-2966
    Email: NIAMSinfo@mail.nih.gov
    Internet: http://www.niams.nih.gov/

    Lupus Canada
    3555 14th Avenue, Unit #3,
    Markham
    Ontario, L3R 0H5
    Canada
    Tel: (905) 513-0004
    Fax: (905) 513-9516
    Tel: (800) 661-1468
    Email: info@lupuscanada.org
    Internet: http://www.lupuscanada.org

    Cicatricial Alopecia Research Foundation
    330 W State Street
    Geneva, IL 60134
    USA
    Tel: (310)801-3450
    Email: info@carfintl.org
    Internet: http://www.carfintl.org

    Erythema Nodosum Yahoo Support Group
    Internet: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/erythema_nodosum_Group/

    CNS Vasculitis Foundation
    9930 Morningfield
    San Antonio, TX 78250-3743
    USA
    Tel: (210)523-8234
    Email: info@cnsvf.org
    Internet: http://www.cnsvf.org

    Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
    PO Box 8126
    Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
    Tel: (301)251-4925
    Fax: (301)251-4911
    Tel: (888)205-2311
    TDD: (888)205-3223
    Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/

    Lupus Society of Alberta
    Suite 200, 1301 - 8 St. SW
    Calgary Alberta, T2R 1B7
    Canada
    Tel: 4032287956
    Fax: 4032287853
    Tel: 8882429182
    Email: lupuslsa@shaw.ca
    Internet: http://www.lupus.ab.ca

    Center for Peripheral Neuropathy
    University of Chicago
    5841 South Maryland Ave, MC 2030
    Chicago, IL 60637
    Tel: (773)702-5659
    Fax: (773)702-5577
    Internet: http://peripheralneuropathycenter.uchicago.edu/

    Madisons Foundation
    PO Box 241956
    Los Angeles, CA 90024
    Tel: (310)264-0826
    Fax: (310)264-4766
    Email: getinfo@madisonsfoundation.org
    Internet: http://www.madisonsfoundation.org

    Autoimmune Information Network, Inc.
    PO Box 4121
    Brick, NJ 08723
    Fax: (732)543-7285
    Email: autoimmunehelp@aol.com

    APS Foundation of America
    PO Box 801
    La Crosse, WI 54602-0801
    Tel: (608)782-2626
    Fax: (608)782-6569
    Email: apsfa@apsfa.org
    Internet: http://www.apsfa.org

    European Society for Immunodeficiencies
    1-3 rue de Chantepoulet
    Geneva, CH 1211
    Switzerland
    Tel: 410229080484
    Fax: 41229069140
    Email: esid@kenes.com
    Internet: http://www.esid.org

    AutoImmunity Community
    Email: moderator@autoimmunitycommunity.org
    Internet: http://www.autoimmunitycommunity.org

    Kidney & Urology Foundation of America, Inc.
    2 West 47th Street
    Suite 401
    New York, NY 10036
    Tel: (212)629-9770
    Fax: (212)629-5652
    Tel: (800)633-6628
    Email: info@kidneyurology.org
    Internet: http://www.kidneyurology.org

    Cogan's Contact Network
    PO Box 145
    Freehold, NJ 07728-0145
    USA
    Tel: (732)409-1031
    Internet: http://www.coganssyndrome.info/

    Australasian Blistering Diseases Foundation
    St. George Hospital,
    Department of Dermatology
    Gray Street
    Kogarah
    Sydney, NSW 2217
    Australia
    Tel: 0291132088
    Fax: 0291132886
    Email: info@blisters.org.au
    Internet: http://www.blisters.org.au/BDHome.html

    For a Complete Report:

    This is an abstract of a report from the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). A copy of the complete report can be downloaded free from the NORD website for registered users. The complete report contains additional information including symptoms, causes, affected population, related disorders, standard and investigational therapies (if available), and references from medical literature. For a full-text version of this topic, go to www.rarediseases.org and click on Rare Disease Database under "Rare Disease Information".

    The information provided in this report is not intended for diagnostic purposes. It is provided for informational purposes only. NORD recommends that affected individuals seek the advice or counsel of their own personal physicians.

    It is possible that the title of this topic is not the name you selected. Please check the Synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and Disorder Subdivision(s) covered by this report

    This disease entry is based upon medical information available through the date at the end of the topic. Since NORD's resources are limited, it is not possible to keep every entry in the Rare Disease Database completely current and accurate. Please check with the agencies listed in the Resources section for the most current information about this disorder.

    For additional information and assistance about rare disorders, please contact the National Organization for Rare Disorders at P.O. Box 1968, Danbury, CT 06813-1968; phone (203) 744-0100; web site www.rarediseases.org or email orphan@rarediseases.org

    Last Updated: 1/4/2008
    Copyright 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998. 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004 National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

    WebMD Medical Reference from the National Organization for Rare Disorders

    Last Updated: May 28, 2015
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