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Arthritis and Rheumatism

Could Rheumatoid Arthritis Indirectly Cause Lupus?

03/21/2008

Question:

My sister has pretty bad Rheumatoid Arthritis. Is there a chance she will get Lupus since her immune system is not going so well? She mentioned something about her white cells, but she is not anemic.

Answer:

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) are distinctly different diseases. Severity of one's RA does not increase the risk of developing SLE.

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Response by:

Raymond  Hong, MD, MBA, FACR Raymond Hong, MD, MBA, FACR
Formerly, Assistant Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University