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lupus erythematosus
 
Systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus, SLE) is an autoimmune disease in which a person's immune system attacks various organs or cells of the body causing damage and dysfunction. Lupus is called a multisystem disease because it can affect many different tissues and organs in the body.
 
Symptoms
Symptoms may include:
 
Causes
Causes may include:
  • genetic link - as with other autoimmune diseases, people with lupus share some type of common genetic link
  • environmental factors - such as sun exposure
 
Treatments
Treatment may include:
  • medication
  • using sunscreen
  • rest
  • physical therapy

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