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Glossary for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Susceptibility to, 9

  • Acne-like conditions: Medical conditions similar to acne or highly related to acne.
  • Arthritis: General name for any type of joint inflammation, but often means age-related osteoarthritis.
  • Atherosclerosis: Atherosclerosis is a syndrome affecting arterial blood vessels. It is a chronic inflammatory response in the walls of arteries, in large part due to the accumulation of macrophage white blood cells and promoted by low density (especially small particle) lipoproteins (plasma proteins that carry cholesterol and triglycerides) without adequate removal of fats and cholesterol from the macrophages by functional high density lipoproteins (HDL). It is commonly referred to as a hardening or furring of the arteries. It is caused by the formation of multiple plaques within the arteries.
  • Autoimmune diseases: A group of disorders in which the primary cause is the an inflammatory reaction caused by the body's own immune system attacking tissues
  • Chills: Excessive feeling of coldness.
  • Connective tissue disorders: Any condition affecting connective tissues.
  • Death: The cessation of life
  • Digestive symptoms: Any symptoms affecting the digestive tract.
  • Extreme fatigue: A condition characterized by extreme tiredness
  • FUO: Fevers that occur for no apparent reason. The fever involves temperatures of greater than 38.3 degrees Celsius which occurs sporadically for more than three weeks. Infection and cancers are the most common causes of this type of fever.
  • Immune disorders: Disorders that affect the immune system
  • Infection: Infections as a symptom.
  • Kidney failure: Total failure of the kidneys to filter waste
  • Malaise: General feelings of discomfort or being ill-at-ease.
  • Nausea: The queasy feeling of nausea and often also vomiting.
  • Osteoporosis: Bone thinning and weakening from bone calcium depletion.
  • Pleurisy: Inflammation of the pleural membrane
  • Rosacea-like conditions: Medical conditions highly related to or similar to rosacea.
  • Skin conditions: Any condition that affects the skin
  • Systemic disorders: Any condition that occurs in a system of the body
  • Vague symptoms: Vague, unclear, mild or non-specific symptoms
  • Vomiting: Vomiting or retching symptoms.

 

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