Systemic lupus erythematosus, or lupus, is an autoimmune disease. Lupus is a systemic disease, which can affect any part of the body ranging from joints or skin to organs like the brain or heart. In lupus, the immune system erroneously starts to attack an individual's healthy cells as if they were invading infection. Lupus can range from mild to life threatening. Lupus can be difficult to diagnosis as it has signs and symptoms that are similar to other conditions.
7 people found this helpfulPrint
Source: Mayo Clinic, Arthritis Foundation, National Institute of Health: Genetic and Rare Disease Information Center
Did you find this helpful?
You may also like
Doctors and other health practitioners need a way to assess the pain level of an individual. This led to the development of pain scales and pain inventories. These scales are designed to be useful in cases of acute and chronic pain. Since the pain experience of each person is subjective, scales...
Chest pain can come in a variety of forms. Some require immediate medical attention and others while scary for the individual, do not post a threat to life. Chest pain may have causes that are cardiac, pulmonary, vascular, or even gastrointestinal in nature. It may also be caused as a result of...
Abdominal pain is any pain experienced from the chest down to the pelvis. The abdomen is often referred to as the stomach. Abdominal pain can include pain involving the following organs: stomach, intestines, kidney, liver, spleen, gallbladder, and pancreas. The cause of abdominal pain depends on...
The wrist is intricate joint connecting the hand to the forearm. It is comprised of 8 carpal bones, radius and ulna, and 5 metacarpal bones. All of these bones allow for the mobility of the hand. Wrist pain can occur as a result of injuries, repetitive use, or specific conditions, such as...
Knee pain can affect patients of all ages and may be the result of inflammation (Rheumatoid Arthritis), injuries (ruptured ligament), infections (septic arthritis), joint degeneration (osteoarthritis), allergic reactions to medicine, or conditions like complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).