From The American College of Rheumatology:
Systemic lupus erythematosus, referred to as SLE or lupus, is a chronic (long-term) disease that causes systemic inflammation which affects multiple organs.
In addition to affecting the skin and joints, it can affect other organs in the body such as the kidneys, the tissue lining the lungs (pleura), heart (pericardium), and brain. Many patients experience fatigue, weight loss, and fever.
Lupus flares vary from mild to serious. Most patients have times when the disease is active, followed by times when the disease is mostly quiet - referred to as a remission. Yet, there is much reason for hope. Improvements in treatment have greatly improved these patients’ quality of life and increased their lifespan.
- Lupus occurs ten times more often in women than in men.
- Treatment depends on the organs involved.
- Involvement of the kidneys or/and the brain is the most serious manifestation of lupus.
- People can live well with lupus if they actively work toward good health.
- Sun exposure can lead to lupus flares.
- Carefully plan your pregnancies; lupus can flare during pregnancy and can affect its outcome.
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