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Cure for Lupus

04/09/2002

Question:

Recently, I attended a conference about Lupus sponsored by the Lupus Foundation Nashville`s chapter. Dr. Hess spoke at the meeting and said that there would likely be a cure for lupus within five years. Would the possible treatment to cure lupus be a one-time drug that would stop the antibody from attacking?

Answer:

Large number of physicians and physician-scientists are working very hard to find treatments that will control or cure chronic debilitating disease such as lupus. We still DO NOT know what causes lupus - we have a long way to go to understand what causes lupus and how to stop it. We hope to see some new treatments in the next few years. At the present state of knowledge, it is less likely that the new treatments would be one-time interventions. The `bad` antibodies attacking the body is only one step of this complex disease - several things go wrong in our bodies before the body makes these antibodies, and then several steps follow after the antibodies deposit in organs such kidneys, skin and brain. We will probably have to tackle each initial step to control lupus.

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Response by:

Ram Raj   Singh, MD Ram Raj Singh, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati