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Lupus

A disease of the immune system that affects many more women more than men (9:1) and at a relatively young age (15-50).

About

Lupus is a disease of the immune system in which a wide variety of antibodies are produced. Lupus may begin aggressively as an acute illness or be undiagnosed for years. It can also appear as a transient disease. Earlier diagnosis and more effective treatment means that the majority of patients have a normal lifespan and lifestyle.

Need to know

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    Symptoms of lupus vary greatly depending on the type you have, but may include: - virtually any type of skin rash - hair loss - aches and pains - inflammation in your tendons - inflammation of your veins - sharp pain in the lower part of your chest when breathing in deeply (pleurisy) - depression and/ or psychosis - kidney disease
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    Your consultant will speak to you about your symptoms and perform a physical examination. To arrive at a diagnosis they will normally expect at least four of the internationally recognised list of 11 accepted conditions to be present. These are: 1. Malar Rash – Red rash over your cheeks 2. Discoid rash - Red patches of skin on your body 3. Photosensitivity 4. Mouth or nose ulcers 5. Serositis - Inflammation of the tissue covering your internal organs 6. Arthritis 7. Renal disorders 8. Neurological disorder - including seizures and balance problems 9. Haematological disorder 10. Immunologic disorder 11. A positive Anti-nuclear antibody test (ANA)
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    Treatment options include: - Medications including aspirin and other non-steroids, anti-malaria drugs, steroids and immunosuppressive drugs - Oral contraceptives - Suncream to block out UV-rays on photosensitive skin - Lifestyle and food choices as directed by your consultant - Kidney dialysis or transplant, if you have severe kidney disease - Plasma exchange. A procedure involving the separation and removal of plasma from your blood in order to remove the disease.
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