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Lupus

Lupus is one of many disorders of the immune system known as autoimmune diseases. In autoimmune diseases, the immune system turns against parts of the body it is designed to protect. This leads to inflammation and damage to various body tissues. Lupus can affect many parts of the body, including the joints, skin, kidneys, heart, lungs, blood vessels, and brain. Although people with the disease may have many different symptoms, some of the most common ones include extreme fatigue, painful or swollen joints (arthritis), unexplained fever, skin rashes, and kidney problems.

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Understanding Lupus

  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases)
  • Lessons in Lupus - Video (Office on Women's Health)
  • Lupus - Interactive Tutorial (MedlinePlus)
  • Lupus 101 - Interactive Quiz (Office on Women's Health)
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (ADAM)
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (Merck Manual)
  • Target Awareness: What is Lupus? - Video (Lupus Foundation of America)
  • Drug-Related Lupus Erythematosus (ADAM)

  • Commonly Asked Questions


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  • 15 Questions to Help You Understand More About Your Lupus (Lupus Foundation of America)
  • Could You Have Lupus? - Interactive Symptoms Checklist (Lupus Foundation of America)
  • Do I Have Lupus? (National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases)
  • What Are Researchers Trying to Learn About Lupus? (National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases)
  • 15 Questions About Cardiovascular Issues with Lupus (Lupus Foundation of America)
  • 15 Questions About Gastrointestinal Issues with Lupus (Lupus Foundation of America)
  • 15 Questions About Kidney Issues and Lupus - Part I (Lupus Foundation of America)
  • 15 Questions About Kidney Issues and Lupus - Part II (Lupus Foundation of America)
  • 15 Questions About Lupus Clinical Trials - Part I (Lupus Foundation of America)
  • 15 Questions About Lupus Clinical Trials - Part II (Lupus Foundation of America)
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    Last Updated: Mar 07, 2014