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Diseases » Lupus » Summary
 

What is Lupus?

What is Lupus?

Lupus is an ongoing or chronic disease that can have a widespread effect on the body, including the skin, joints, muscles and ...more »

  • Lupus: Autoimmune disease with numerous effects on various organs and linings.
  • Lupus: RAEB: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). an autoimmune connective tissue disease with variable features.
    Source - Diseases Database
  • Lupus: any of several forms of ulcerative skin disease.
    Source - WordNet 2.1

Ophanet, a consortium of European partners, currently defines a condition rare when it affects 1 person per 2,000. They list Lupus as a "rare disease".
Source - Orphanet

Lupus: Introduction

Types of Lupus:

Types of Lupus:

Broader types of Lupus:

How many people get Lupus?

Prevalance of Lupus: 1.4 million people in the United States, 1 in 85 (NWHIC)
Prevalance Rate of Lupus: approx 1 in 194 or 0.51% or 1.4 million people in USA [about data]
Prevalance of Lupus: Lupus occurs in 1 out of 2,000 Americans and in as many as 1 in 250 young, African-American women. (Source: excerpt from Understanding Autoimmune Disease: NIAID) ... Lupus affects 1.4 million people in the United States (1 in 85). (Source: excerpt from Lupus Fact Sheet: NWHIC)

Who gets Lupus?

Patient Profile for Lupus: Young adults, typically 15-44; can sometimes occur in childhood or later in life.

Profile for Lupus: Anyone can get lupus. But 9 out of 10 people who have it are women. African American women are three times more likely to get lupus than white women. It's also more common in Hispanic/Latino, Asian, and American Indian women. (Source: excerpt from The Many Shades of Lupus: NIAMS) ... Although SLE usually first affects people between the ages of 15 and 45 years, it can occur in childhood or later in life as well. (Source: excerpt from Handout on Health Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: NIAMS)

Gender Profile for Lupus: Women 9:1 (NWHIC); 90% are women aged 20-50.

Gender Ratio for Lupus: mainly in women of childbearing age

Gender Profile for Lupus: Ninety percent of lupus patients are women, striking most often between the ages of 15 and 44. (Source: excerpt from Lupus Fact Sheet: NWHIC)

Race Profile for Lupus: African American women 3 times as common as Caucasian women. Also more common in Hispanic, Asian, and Native American people.

Race Profile for Lupus: Lupus is three times more common in black women than in white women and is also more common in women of Hispanic, Asian, and Native American descent. (Source: excerpt from Lupus Fact Sheet: NWHIC)

Racial Information for Lupus: African Americans with SLE appear to have earlier onset, experience a more severe disease, and die earlier than Caucasians with SLE. (Source: excerpt from Connective Tissue Diseases: NWHIC)

How serious is Lupus?

Prognosis of Lupus: Normal lifespan possible for many patients. Remissions and relapses common. 5-year survival about 97%; 10-year survival about 90%. (NWHIC).
Complications of Lupus: see complications of Lupus
Prognosis of Lupus: The prognosis for lupus varies widely depending on the organs involved and the intensity of the inflammatory reaction. The course of lupus is commonly chronic and relapsing, often with long periods of remission. Most patients with lupus have a normal lifespan with periodic doctor visits and treatments with various drugs. Many of the more serious problems do not affect most patients. Death is usually caused by renal failure or infection. (Source: excerpt from NINDS Neurological Sequelae Of Lupus Information Page: NINDS) ... The good news is that with the correct medicine and by taking care of themselves, most lupus patients can hold jobs, have children, and lead full lives. (Source: excerpt from Lupus: NWHIC)
5-year survival rate for Lupus: It is estimated that 97 percent of individuals with SLE live at least five years (Source: excerpt from Connective Tissue Diseases: NWHIC)
10-year survival rate for Lupus: 90 percent live at least 10 years after diagnosis (Source: excerpt from Connective Tissue Diseases: NWHIC)

What causes Lupus?

Causes of Lupus: see causes of Lupus
Risk factors for Lupus: see risk factors for Lupus

What are the symptoms of Lupus?

Symptoms of Lupus: see symptoms of Lupus

Complications of Lupus: see complications of Lupus

Onset of Lupus: Symptoms tend to occur after taking the drug for at least 3 to 6 months.

Can anyone else get Lupus?

Contagion of autoimmunity: generally not; see details in contagion of autoimmune diseases.
Inheritance: see inheritance of Lupus

Lupus: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Lupus.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Lupus.

How is it treated?

Doctors and Medical Specialists for Lupus: Rheumatologist, Clinical immunologists, Nephrologists, Hematologists, Dermatologists, Neurologists, Rheumatologist ; see also doctors and medical specialists for Lupus.
Treatments for Lupus: see treatments for Lupus
Alternative treatments for Lupus: see alternative treatments for Lupus
Prevention of Lupus: see prevention of Lupus
Research for Lupus: see research for Lupus

Society issues for Lupus


Hospitalization statistics for Lupus: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Lupus:

  • 0.032% (4,075) of hospital consultant episodes were for systemic lupus erythematosus in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 90% of hospital consultant episodes for systemic lupus erythematosus required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 11% of hospital consultant episodes for systemic lupus erythematosus were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 89% of hospital consultant episodes for systemic lupus erythematosus were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
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Name and Aliases of Lupus

Main name of condition: Lupus

Class of Condition for Lupus: autoimmune

Other names or spellings for Lupus:

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Lupus Erythematosus, SLE, Dubois syndrome, disseminated lupus erythematosus, Systemic lupus

Lupus erythematosus, SLE, Systemic lupus erythematosus Source - Diseases Database

LE, SLE, Disseminated lupus erythematosus
Source - WordNet 2.1

Lupus: Related Conditions

Research the causes of these diseases that are similar to, or related to, Lupus:

  • Discoid lupus erythematosus
  • Childhood discoid lupus erythematosus
  • Generalized discoid lupus erythematosus
  • Localized discoid lupus erythematosus
  • Chilblain lupus erythematosus (Hutchinson)
  • Lupus erythematosus-lichen planus overlap syndrome
  • Lupus erythematosus panniculitis (Lupus erythematosus profundus)
  • Subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus
  • Tumid lupus erythematosus
 

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