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Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Key Points about Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

  • Lupus is a disease that causes episodes of inflammation and damage to many parts of the body, including skin and organs.
  • It is caused by both genes and environmental factors.
  • Symptoms include a rash, fever, joint inflammation and pain, and sensitivity to the sun.
  • Lupus can range from a mild disease to a life-threatening disease.
  • There is no cure for lupus, but medicines and lifestyle changes can help you manage the disease.
  • What is lupus?
  • What causes lupus?
  • What are the symptoms of lupus?
  • How is lupus diagnosed?
  • What are possible complications of lupus?
  • How is lupus treated?
  • How can my child live with lupus?
  • Who is at risk for lupus?
  • When should I call my health care provider?
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