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  1. Drug-Induced Lupus - Topic Overview

    Certain medications can cause temporary symptoms and signs of lupus. The symptoms go away when you stop taking the medication,generally within a few weeks. Symptoms are usually milder than in typical lupus,and the kidneys and central nervous system are rarely affected. Some children taking medications to prevent seizures develop a condition similar to drug-induced lupus seen in adults. ...

  2. 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.

  3. Corticosteroids for Lupus

    Drug details for Corticosteroids for lupus.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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 ...

  7. Medical History and Physical Exam 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. Complications of Lupus - Topic Overview

    Some people with lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus,or SLE) develop complications with internal organs,such as the kidney,heart or lungs. Living with lupus Most people with lupus are able to continue their usual daily activities. You may find that you need to cut back on your activity level,get help with child care,or change the way you work because of fatigue,joint pain,or other ...

  10. 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 ...

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