Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Also known as: SLE, lupus

What is systemic lupus erythematosus?

Systemic lupus erythematosus, or lupus, is a disease that can impact many different parts of the body, including the skin, joints, lungs, heart, blood vessels and more. It’s an autoimmune disorder, which means the body’s immune system which is normally in charge of fighting infections mistakenly attacks parts of the body, thinking they are foreign invaders.

What causes systemic lupus erythematosus?

There is no known cause for Lupus. Genetics may play a role as well as the environment, but it is still unclear.

What are the symptoms of systemic lupus erythematosus?

Systemic lupus erythematosus can cause a variety of different symptoms, including joint pains and swelling, persistent rashes, persistent fevers, chest pain, sores in the mouth, sun sensitivity, fatigue, swollen glands and other symptoms.

What are systemic lupus erythematosus care options?

There is no cure for Lupus, but medications can help manage the symptoms and keep the disease under control.

Reviewed by: Yonit Sterba Rakovchik, MD

This page was last updated on: 9/5/2017 3:38:52 PM

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