Lupus Guide - Medications
Medications cannot cure lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE), but they can control many symptoms and often can prevent or slow organ damage. Learn more.
Lupus Guide - Cause
Lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE) is an autoimmune disease, in which the immune system attacks the body's own tissues as though they were foreign substances. Lupus is not contagious.
Lupus Guide - Exams and Tests
Learn about medical tests for lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE).
Lupus: Healthy Eating - Topic Overview
To date,no diet is known to cure,prevent,or relieve lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus,or SLE) symptoms. But poor nutrition makes it harder for your body to battle chronic illness. To make sure that you have a healthful,balanced diet,your doctor may oversee your food intake or refer you to a registered dietitian. Consider the following tips when planning your daily diet: Avoid or cut ...
Antibody Tests for Lupus - Topic Overview
Antibody tests are a set of blood tests that check for specific antibodies to help clarify the diagnosis of lupus. They include: Anti-SS-A (also called Ro). Anti-SS-B (also called La). Anti-dsDNA (antibodies to DNA). Anti-RNP. Anti-Smith (Sm). These antibody tests are often positive in lupus and can provide support for a diagnosis if the clinical criteria are unclear or if the ANA test is ...
Medical History and Physical Examination for Lupus
A physical examination for suspected lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE) includes a thorough check of your skin, joints, lungs and breathing, nervous system, and heart.The medical history includes questions about:Arthritis, joint, or muscle pain.Weight loss or fatigue.Skin rashes, especially after exposure to sunlight.Sores in the mouth, nose, or other mucous membranes.Chest pain.Hair ...
Lupus Guide - Surgery
Surgery is not used to treat mild or moderate symptoms of lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE). Surgery may be considered for people with lupus who have permanent, life - threatening kidney damage.
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 ...
Corticosteroids for Lupus
Drug details for Corticosteroids for lupus.
Lupus (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus) - Prevention
There is currently no way to prevent lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE). But people who smoke may be more likely to develop lupus. Avoiding smoking and perhaps other tobacco products may decrease your risk of developing lupus.