The word Lupus is used synonymously for Systemic Lupus
Erythematosus (SLE) or as a broad term for several kinds of lupus.
There is Discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE)
DLE is a skin disorder
where there can be lesions on the face, sun-exposed areas, or the scalp. Lesion which are patchy but sharply defined and which
may scar. DLE rarely progresses to SLE.
Drug-induced systemic lupus erythematosus
Having symptoms similar to SLE, Drug-induced
SLE develops after the use of certain pharmaceutical drugs. Signs and symptoms of D-I SLE decrease and
disappear upon ceasing the drug.
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
No longer an automatic early death sentence. SLE is a chronic,
inflammatory, multisystem disorder of the immune system. The body develops antibodies against its own normal tissues.
A very rare form of lupus which can sometimes effect babies of women with
SLE or other autoimmune system disorders. As with Drug-induced lupus it decreases and disappears.