Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Friday, December 16, 2011

If you have lupus, your immune system attacks healthy cells and tissues by mistake. This can damage your joints, skin, blood vessels and organs. Dr. Edward Hill discusses lupus in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Systemic lupus erythematosus, also called lupus, is an autoimmune disorder in which the bodys immune system incorrectly attack 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 of lupus 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.

Because lupus can affect any organ of the body, it causes a wide range of symptoms. 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

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 associated symptoms. Lupus is treated with medications that target the bodys immune system.

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