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  1. Stem Cell Transplant for Lupus - Topic Overview

    Stem cell transplantation is the replacement of damaged bone marrow cells with healthy cells,or stem cells. It is generally done after powerful drugs have been used to wipe out the damaged immune system (immunoablation). Stem cells are immature cells that are produced in the bone marrow. They can divide to produce more stem cells or mature into red blood cells,white blood cells,and ...

  2. Lupus (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus) - Treatment Overview

    Information on treatment choices for lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE).

  3. Lupus (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus) - Topic Overview

    Information on systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus or SLE), a chronic disease that can cause inflammation, pain, and tissue damage throughout the body.

  4. Lupus and Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome - Topic Overview

    About 1 in 3 people with lupus produce an antibody that attacks certain blood-clotting factors,which can cause the blood to clot easily. 1 A person who has this antibody and has had blood clots is said to have antiphospholipid antibody syndrome. This can lead to mild or severe blood-clotting complications,including: Stroke,transient ischemic attack (TIA),or heart attack. Deep vein ...

  5. Complement Test for Lupus - Topic Overview

    A complement test uses a blood sample to detect a group of proteins that help the body attack foreign substances. When there are a lot of foreign substances in the body,such as bacteria or viruses,a low level of complement means the body is trying to get rid of the foreign substances. If the body is attacking its own tissues instead of foreign substances (as in autoimmune diseases such as ...

  6. Corticosteroids for Lupus

    Drug details for Corticosteroids for lupus.

  7. Lupus Guide - Home Treatment

    Good self - care is essential to managing lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE). Learn to recognize your body's warning signs of a flare. Warning signs may include increased fatigue, joint pain, rash, or fever. When you notice any of these signs, t

  8. Lupus: Criteria for Diagnosis - Topic Overview

    The following criteria are used to distinguish lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus,or SLE) from other autoimmune and rheumatic diseases. A person with 4 of these 11 conditions can be classified as having lupus. These conditions may be present all at once or they may appear in succession over a period of time. 1 Butterfly ( malar ) rash on cheeks Rash on face,arms,neck,torso (discoid rash) ...

  9. Lupus (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus) - What Happens

    The outlook for people with lupus has improved as better treatments have been found. Now, nearly 70% of people with lupus live 20 years or more after they are diagnosed with the condition.

  10. Lupus Guide - Exams and Tests

    Learn about medical tests for lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE).

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