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Surveys indicate that lupus sufferers usually take four years and visits to three or four doctors before they are correctly diagnosed. The incidence of lupus has increased greatly over the last 20 years but researchers are unsure if this is because it is occurring more often or because there is more awareness of the disease and thus less misdiagnosis. The Lupus Foundation of America estimates that there are 1.5 million people with lupus. Lupus occurs when a person's immune system attacks its own tissues and organs. Symptoms of lupus include persistent fatigue, persistent fever, muscle pain, joint pain, swelling, skin rashes, butterfly shaped rash across cheeks and nose, sensitivity to sun, hair loss, abnormal blood clotting, anemia and excessive protein in the urine.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Marietta Times
About: Lupus awareness increasing
Date: 30 November 2004
Source: Marietta Times
Author: Connie Cartmell
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