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Synonyms of Lupus
- Disseminated lupus erythematosus
- Lupus erythematosus
- Discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE)
- Drug-induced lupus erythematosus
- Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
Lupus is a chronic, inflammatory autoimmune disorder affecting the connective tissue. In autoimmune disorders, the body's own immune system attacks healthy cells and tissues causing inflammation and malfunction of various organ systems. In lupus, the organ systems most often involved include the skin, kidneys, blood and joints. Many different symptoms are associated with lupus, and most affected individuals do not experience all of the symptoms. In some cases, lupus may be a mild disorder affecting only a few organ systems. In other cases, it may result in serious complications.
There are at least three forms of lupus: the classic form, systemic lupus erythematosus; a form that only affects the skin, discoid lupus erythematosus; and drug-induced lupus erythematosus. The term lupus is most often used to denote systemic lupus erythematosus.
Organizations related to Lupus
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