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Posted by: Kimmy | 2008/09/30

Lupus

Could you please give me more information on Lupus

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Hello Kimmy,
There are two types of lupus:
Systemic lupus erythematous (SLE) and discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE).
SLE is a systemic disease that effects many different parts of the body. The severity can range from mild to life threatening.
DLE is a less serious disease that primarily affects the skin. The chareteristic butterfly rash forms over the nose and cheeks.
According to the American Rheumatism Association, four of the following eight symptoms must occur, either seially or at the same time, before a diagnosis is made:
1. Abnormal cells in the urine.
2. Arthritis.
3. Butterfly rash on the cheeks.
4. Low white blood cell count, low platlet count, or haemolytic anaemia.
5. Mouth sores.
6. Seizures or psychosis.
7. Sun sensitivity.
8. The prescence in the blood of a specific antibody that is found in 50 percent of people with lupus.

I hope this helps.

Best regards

Dr Guy Ashburner Osteopath.

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