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Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Lupus

An autoimmune disease, where something triggers the immune system to act against the bodies own tissues and produce abnormal antibodies , which results in episodes of inflammation in joints, tendons and other connective tissues and organs. Severity ranges from mild to debilitating. 90% of suffers are women in their teens to 30s. Characteristics of this disorder include :

  • Facial and skin rash
  • Anemia
  • Sensitivity to sunlight
  • Arthritis
  • Kidney dysfunction
  • Low white blood cell/platelet count
  • Nerve or brain dysfunction
  • Mouth sores
  • Fluid around lungs, heart and other organs
Treatment includes the NSAIDs and aspirin (for mild cases) and corticosteroids and/or immunosuppressive drugs (for more severe cases).

Lupuslike Syndrome
Drug-induced Lupus

Certain heart drugs such as hydralazine, procainamide and beta-blockers, can cause similar symptoms, which disappear when usage of the drug is discontinued.

 

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