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Lupus

Identifying Lupus

08/21/1998

Question:

What is lupus?

Answer:

Lupus is an abbreviated name for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus which is an autoimmune disorder that can involve many body systems and occurs primarily in young women.

An in-depth description of this disease is beyond the scope of this question format. Health care consumer information can be obtained from Arthritis Foundation chapters such as the Ohio River Valley chapter in Cincinnati. Technical descriptions can be found in textbooks such as the Oxford Textbook of Rheumatology. The Ohio River Valley chapter has a copy of this book.

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Response by:

Larry   Houk, MD Larry Houk, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine and Rheumatology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati