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Lupus

What`s lupus?

01/31/2001

Question:

what exactly is lupus?

Answer:

Lupus is an "autoimmune" disease (in which the body makes antibodies which could be harmful to the actual body who produces them) and which can involve many parts and organs of the body. The involvement does not have to be at the same time in all the organs. May involve skin (rashes, sensitivity to sun), mucosas (ulcerations mouth/nose), joints, serosas (sacs) around lungs or heart, actual organs like kidney or brain and also gives some changes in blood cells and immunologic/serologic markers in blood. It can start with nonspecific signs or symptoms like fatigue, weakness, fever or with involvement of a particular part (arthritis, pleurisy, pericarditis) or directly with organ involvement.

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Response by:

Yolanda   Farhey, MD Yolanda Farhey, MD
Associate Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati