Lupus Guide - When To Call a Doctor
If you have been diagnosed with lupus, call 911 or other emergency services immediately if you have chest pain that is crushing or squeezing, occurs with sweating or nausea, and has not been previously diagnosed.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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) ...
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.