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Lupus is a chronic, inflammatory disorder of the immune system which can affect several body systems simultaneously.
Symptoms can include achy, swollen joints, fever, skin rashes and fatigue or kidney problems. 

The American College of Rheumatology has defined and refined a diagnostic criteria for Lupus.
When a patient shows at least 4 or more of these 11 criteria there is a  likelihood of Lupus.
Malar Rash
Discoid Rash
Photosensitivity
Oral Ulcers
Arthritis
Serostis
Renal Disorder
Neurolgical Disorder
Hematologic Disorder
Immunologic Disorder
Abnormal ANA titer 
 
Saying that lupus treatment is as varied is stating the obvious. Every case is different just as treatments differ. Yet there are similiarities and coping skills which should be shared.

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. 

Neonatal Lupus

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.

 

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