Lupus News

Lupus is the common term used for the disease system lupus erythematosus (SLE). It's an autoimmune disease, meaning it occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks the body. It can cause a vast variety of symptoms in different parts of the body. This makes lupus often difficult to diagnose because symptoms tend to be similar to those of other health conditions.

Lupus affects women about 10 times more often than men, and it usually develops between the ages of 15 and 45.

Symptoms of Lupus

Many symptoms of lupus overlap with symptoms of other conditions, but if you have enough of these warning signs, your doctor can determine if lupus is the cause. Symptoms can include muscle pain and stiffness like arthritis, fatigue and weakness, unexplained fever, skin rashes, memory problems and confusion, anemia, hair loss and sun sensitivity.

The reason that lupus encompasses so many symptoms is that the immune system is attacking the body’s healthy tissues. Because this can occur in various parts of the body, lupus can present in different people in many different ways.


A relatively new class of drugs, biologics, have helped many people with lupus because they directly affect the body’s autoimmune response and thus can relieve symptoms. Other drugs often prescribed to directly treat symptoms related to lupus include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and anti-malarial medications. For more extreme cases, corticosteroids and immune suppressants may be needed to treat severe symptoms and complications related to lupus.

SOURCES: American College of Rheumatology; Office of Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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Exercise May Stem Kidney Damage in Lupus Patients

But stress may trigger the reverse, researchers report

Selena Gomez's Kidney Transplant Puts Lupus Center Stage

Superstar needed the donated organ because of her autoimmune disease

Lupus Hits Certain Groups Harder

Studies find race, ethnicity, gender and even geography make a difference for this autoimmune disease

Poverty Could Make Lupus Even Worse

Second study saw pregnancy complications higher among non-whites

Immune Disorders Such as MS, Psoriasis May Be Tied to Dementia Risk

Study found 20 percent higher odds for memory-robbing condition, but didn't prove cause and effect

Delays in Lupus Care Seen Among Minorities, Less Educated

Prompt referral to specialist is critical with this complicated disease, researcher notes

Researchers Pinpoint More Genes Linked to Vitiligo

Genetic clues to this autoimmune disease could lead to breakthroughs for related disorders, researchers say

Lupus a Tough Disease to Spot, Treat

But experts say scientists are working to unearth genetic causes of autoimmune disorder

Study Suggests Causes for Lupus' Impact on Immune System

Certain cells seem to malfunction and create inflammation instead of fighting the disease, research say

Blood Tests May Predict Pregnancy Risks for Women With Lupus

As early as 12 weeks, checks can signal danger of complications for both mother and baby, study contends

Celiac Disease in Family May Up Your Risk for Related Disorders

Close relatives, including spouses, had higher odds for type 1 diabetes, lupus, sarcoidosis, study finds

Pregnancy Results Good for Women With Controlled Lupus: Study

But blacks, Hispanics face greater odds of complications than whites, though reasons why are unclear

'Ground Zero' Workers at Risk of Autoimmune Diseases: Study

Prolonged exposure linked to rheumatoid arthritis, lupus

Lupus Death Rates Vary by Race, Ethnicity, Study Finds

Asians, Hispanics most likely to survive the autoimmune disease

Drug Combo Helps Lupus-Related Kidney Condition

Half of those taking three medications achieved full remission, study reports

Certain Symptoms Can Delay Lupus Diagnosis, Researchers Report

Headache, seizures often lead doctors down the wrong path

Lupus Patients Face High Rehospitalization Rates

Drugs that suppress the immune system make it harder to fight infection, study says

10 Percent of U.S. Adults Physically Limited by Arthritis: CDC

Experts say obesity epidemic has widened the pool of disabled

Lupus More Likely to Affect Young, Black Women, Study Finds

Earlier development of the chronic autoimmune disease adds to complications in these patients

Headaches Accompanying Lupus Often Not Disease-Related, Study Finds

Nor are they linked to medical treatment, researchers say

Moms With Lupus More Likely to Have Children With Autism, Study Suggests

But overall risk is low, shouldn't influence parenting decisions, expert says

Many Lupus Patients Forgo Needed Medication, Study Finds

Drugs can reduce symptoms of autoimmune disease, ward off serious complications

Women With Lupus Seem at Higher Risk for Hip Fractures

Study followed nearly 15,000 patients for 6 years

No Evidence That Lupus Drugs Lead to Cancer, Says Study

Concerns that cyclophosphamide, other meds raise lymphoma risk not borne out by research

Lupus May Be Linked to Serious Pregnancy Complication

This autoimmune disease appears to raise risk for preeclampsia

Health Tip: Help Avoid a Lupus Flare

Take steps to limit stress

Dramatic Rise in Kids Hospitalized With High Blood Pressure: Study

Childhood obesity may be a culprit in nearly doubled hypertension rates in the past decade

Strides Made in Diagnosing, Treating Lupus

New therapies are being developed for people with the autoimmune illness, experts say

New Guidelines Issued for Severe Lupus

More can be done to prevent permanent kidney damage, says American College of Rheumatology

New Lupus Genes Identified

Still unknown is how the genes contribute to the autoimmune disease

Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis Linked to Fertility Woes, Miscarriage

Some women with these autoimmune disorders avoided pregnancy, study found

Genes May Give Clues to Severe Form of Lupus

A DNA sequence known as an 'accelerator' might explain some aggressive cases, researchers say

More Known About Proteins That Cause Autoimmune Diseases

Researchers say 'autoantibodies' can cause lupus, diabetes, arthritis

Newer Drug Seems Better at Controlling Lupus Kidney Complication

Serious adverse events less likely with mycophenolate mofetil, too, study finds

Pregnancy Safe for Most Women With Lupus: Study

About 80 percent of women delivered without complications

Vitamin D, Interferon Alpha Vaccine Show Promise Against Lupus

Experimental treatments altered immune response in small, preliminary studies

FDA: Silicone Breast Implants to Remain on Market

Agency says it will work with manufacturers to improve monitoring of women who get the devices

FDA Focuses on Silicone Breast Implant Safety Studies

Agency asking advisers to devise ways to gather better data on 'real-world' safety and performance

Black Americans With Lupus Have Better Response to Flu Vaccine

Those with weak reaction more likely to have disease flares after vaccination, researchers say

Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis May Raise Risk of Abnormal Heart Rhythm

Both inflammatory diseases up odds of developing atrial fibrillation, which is tied to stroke, study suggests

Benlysta Approved for Lupus

Last-approved lupus drug sanctioned 56 years ago