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  1. Lupus (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus) - Treatment Overview

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

  2. 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. ...

  3. 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

  4. Corticosteroids for Lupus

    Drug details for Corticosteroids for lupus.

  5. 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 ...

  6. Lupus Guide - Other Treatment

    Information on experimental and alternative therapies for lupus.

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. Lupus Guide - What Increases Your Risk

    The chances of developing lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE) are higher in people who are female, are black or Asian, are between the ages 15 and 45, and have a family history of lupus.

  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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