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What is lupus?
Lupus is an autoimmune disease, caused by a malfunction of the body's immune system. It can affect the joints, heart, nervous system, brain, skin, lungs and kidneys.
How common is lupus?
Because it can be difficult to recognize and diagnose, it is also hard to know exactly how common lupus is. Recent estimates are that about five million people worldwide have the disease.
Who gets lupus?
While lupus can appear in people of all ages and kinds, some people are at greater risk than others. Women are nine times more likely than men to develop lupus, particularly women of child-bearing age (15-44 years old). Lupus is more common among adults than children; …
What are the symptoms of lupus?
Because lupus can affect multiple parts of the body, the signs and symptoms can vary widely between cases - as can their severity and time of appearance. The most common signs of lupus include: skin rashes on face, upper arms, chest, wrists, and hands, in …
How is lupus diagnosed?
Lupus diagnosis can be challenging, since the symptoms can be varied and appear at irregular time frames, with long periods of apparent wellness in between. Your doctor will typically make an initial lupus diagnosis on the basis of your medical history and a …
Is lupus serious?
Lupus can be a serious, life-threatening condition. Specifically, potential complications of systemic lupus erythematosus may include kidney inflammation, cardiovascular disease, or respiratory disease and infections.
About this article
Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 06 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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