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systemic lupus erythematosus

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disorder that affects connective tissues –The body produces antibodies, such as antinuclear antibodies (ANAs), against its own cells - The formed antigen-antibody complexes suppress the body's normal immunity and damage tissues.


Symptoms may include:

  • joint pain
  • skin irritation provoked or aggravated by sunlight or UV light
  • tachycardia
  • weakness of the extremities
  • speech disturbances
  • skin lesions
  • rash over nose and cheeks
  • lymph node enlargement

Treatment may include:

  • use of sunscreen with sun protection factor of at least 15
  • regular exercise program
  • medication
  • topical creams
  • immunosuppressants
  • surgery 

Types include:

  • discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE)
  • systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
  • rheumatology

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