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Systemic lupus erythematosus, or lupus, is an autoimmune disease that can involve the organs and joints. Lupus symptoms vary, but often include skin rash and arthritis symptoms. Learn more about symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments.
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  2. A - Z: Types of Arthritis
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  5. Lupus: Basics (9)
  6. Lupus: Daily Living
  7. Lupus: Diagnosis - Symptoms (7)
  8. Lupus: Diet - Prevention
  9. Lupus: Medications
  10. Lupus: Pain Relief
  11. Lupus: Research
  12. Lupus: Support (8)
  13. Lupus: Treatment Options (5)

What Is Lupus Myelitis?
Lupus myelitis is a rare complication of lupus.

Lupus - 10 Things You Should Know
Lupus is an autoimmune rheumatic disease, affecting the joints, skin, and other organs of the body.

Facts About Lupus
Lupus is a complex autoimmune disease. In lupus, the immune system of the body attacks its own cells and tissues, including the joints and organs of the body.

What Is Lupus Nephritis?
Lupus nephritis is a kidney disorder that is a complication of systemic lupus erythematosus.

The Essence of Lupus
Lupus is an autoimmune disease which can affect the joints and organs.

Lupus Screening Quiz
People with lupus produce abnormal antibodies in their blood which target tissues within their own body. Lupus is one of the autoimmune diseases. The chronic inflammation which is associated with this condition can affect the skin, heart, lungs, kidneys, joints, and nervous system.

Lupus - Test Your Knowledge
Lupus is not easy to diagnose. It may take your doctor weeks or months to reach a definitive diagnosis. How much do you know about lupus?

Lupus: Not a Simple Disease
Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can affect many parts of the body, including joints, skin, and other organs.

Lupus Poses Many Challenges
Researchers are looking for lupus treatments that are safer and more targeted.

The Lupus–Osteoporosis Link
What people with lupus need to know about osteoporosis. People with lupus are at increased risk for osteoporosis for many reasons.

Oral Contraceptives and Lupus
Oral contraceptives containing estrogen do not increase symptoms in women with lupus whose disease is stable or moderate.

Quiz: Is it Rheumatoid Arthritis or Lupus?
Two of the 100 types of arthritis are rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. There are specific symptoms, distinguishing characteristics, as well as overlapping symptoms associated with rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. Do you know the difference?

Lupus Medications: What Are My Options?
Medications are an important aspect of treatment for many patients with systemic lupus erythematosus. An array of medications and drug therapy options are now available to treat lupus.

An In-Depth Report: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
An in-depth report on the causes, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of Lupus.

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
A chronic, inflammatory autoimmune disorder that may affect many organ systems including the skin, joints and internal organs.

Drug-induced lupus erythematosus
Drug-induced lupus is an inflammatory autoimmune disorder that may affect many organ systems. It is caused from an adverse reaction to a medication. Drugs known to cause this type of reaction in some people include: procainamide, isoniazid, chlorpromazine, penicillamine, sulfasalazine, hydralazine, methyldopa, and quinidine. (Illustrated/Photos)

How To Best Raise Children When You Have Lupus
Living with arthritis can add extra difficulties and challenges to parenting. Here are some positive strategies for effective parenting when you live with arthritis or a related disease.

Lupus: Working - Disability
Lupus: Working - Disability

What Is CRP (C-Reactive Protein)?
An elevated CRP indicates acute inflammation in the body.

Lupus May Have Simple Cause
New research from scientists at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), has revealed that a single defect in a common protein causes a severe autoimmune disease akin to lupus.

Spiritual Cause Of Lupus?
An appearance by Caroline Myss on "Oprah" stirred anger within the lupus community when she claimed lupus had a spiritual cause rather than physical cause.

Anti-SR Protein Antibody Assay: Diagnostic Test For Lupus
Anti-SR protein antibody assay test is first diagnostic breakthrough for lupus in over four decades.

Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS): What Is It?
Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body makes antibodies to its own phospholipids or plasma proteins. The disorder may also occur with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) or another rheumatic disorder. Antibodies can be found in as many as 50% of people with lupus. Women with APS may have frequent miscarriages or premature births.

Cryoglobulinemia is the presence of abnormal proteins in the bloodstream which thicken or gel on exposure to cold. These proteins may be present in some autoimmune diseases, such as systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis.

Amyloidosis - Rare Condition Secondary to Chronic Inflammatory Diseases
Amyloidosis can occur as a primary condition or can be a secondary condition to lupus.

Lupus nephritis
Lupus nephritis is a kidney disorder that is a complication of systemic lupus erythematosus, characterized by damage to the glomerulus and progressive loss of kidney function.

Lupus anticoagulants
Lupus anticoagulants are antibodies against phospholipids (a group of substances in cell membranes) which inhibit blood clotting in a test tube, but may be associated with a higher risk of clotting in people who have them in their blood. Lupus anticoagulants are found in people with auto-immune diseases, such as systemic lupus erythematosis (SLE).

Mesangial proliferative glomerulonephritis
Mesangial proliferative glomerulonephritis is a form of glomerulonephritis (inflammation of the kidney glomeruli). The mesangial cells (part of the glomerular capillaries) increase in size and number, giving the glomeruli a lumpy appearance. It may be seen more commonly in lupus patients who develop GN, and in patients who have IgA mediated kidney disease.

DHEA - What is DHEA? (Dehydroepiandrosterone)
A brief explanation and fast facts about DHEA dehydroepiandrosterone). DHEA has been helpful in reducing fatigue, improving thinking difficulties, and improving quality of life in patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.

Rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis
Rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis includes any type of glomerulonephritis in which progressive loss of kidney function occurs over weeks to months. Many conditions are known to cause or increase the risk for development of this syndrome, including vascular (blood vessel) diseases such as vasculitis or polyarteritis, lupus nephritis and Henoch-Schonlein purpura.

Raynaud's Phenomenon Screening Quiz
Raynaud's phenomenon can occur as a primary condition or secondary condition (for example, along with rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, scleroderma). The primary characteristic is cold and discolored fingers and toes. Take the Raynaud's Phenomenon Screening Quiz.

Women With Lupus And Rheumatoid Arthritis Have Greater Pregnancy Complications
Women with systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis do experience more pregnancy complications and longer hospitalizations, according to a study of pregnancy outcomes in women with rheumatic disease.

What Causes And Heals Mouth Sores?
Mouth sores are not uncommon in arthritis and lupus patients.

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