Lupus

Monday, March 14, 2011

Lupus is a disease that involves the immune system and affects about 1.5 million Americans; nearly 90 percent of those diagnosed with the disease are female. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about this disease in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Systemic lupus erythematosus, also called lupus, is an autoimmune disorder in which the bodys immune system incorrectly attacks the bodys own tissues and organs, leading to inflammation and damage.

Lupus most commonly affects women of childbearing age but also occurs in children, adolescents and men. The cause is unknown, but it has been associated with genetic, environmental and infectious causes. The disorder may affect almost all organs in the body, with the kidney being most commonly involved. The disorder may be mild in some cases, for example, only involving the skin, and very severe in other cases, affecting multiple organs.

Some of the most common symptoms are

Fatigue

Fever

Joint pain or swelling

Muscle pain

Hair loss

Rash, typically in a butterfly distribution on the face, across the cheeks and under the eyes and

Painless ulcers in the mouth or nose

There is no cure for lupus, but appropriate treatment can prevent or slow the disease process and control the associated symptoms.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.