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Systemic Lupus Erythematosis (SLE)

Systemic Lupus Erythematosis (SLE)

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic inflammatory disease that is symptomized by an autoantibody response to nuclear and cytoplasmic antigens. More than 90% of cases of SLE occur in women, frequently starting at childbearing age. LUPUS in the common name for Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).

Dr Pradeepta Sekhar Patro, Senior Consultant in Kar Clinic and SUM Hospital Bhubaneswar is considered as one of the best
doctor for lupus in Bhubaneswar.

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
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SLE soldier

  • Systemic lupus erythematosis (SLE) is otherwise known as “LUPUS”
  • Lupus is a disease of 1000 faces means it can affect 1000 different people in 1000 different patterns
  • Lupus is an autoimmune disease where body’s immune system attacks own tissue and produce inflammation. This attack can occur at any sites of the body (skin, blood, kidney and brain)
  • Most commonly affects young females though it can also affect the pediatric population
  • Most common symptoms are fatigue and joint pain
  • Other symptoms include skin rash, rash over the face (Malar Rash), hair loss, oral ulcer and pedal edema
  • Apart from this can affect the kidney because of which there will be passage of more protein in the urine
  • Some time patient might have depression, psychosis and seizure disorder
  • It can cause anemia and low platelet count due to attack on the RBCs and platelet
  • Don't get panic once you are diagnose with lupus and don't think you will have all the symptoms of lupus as lupus is different for everybody
  • Once you diagnose with LUPUS you should consult with a rheumatologist, as it needs a specialized treatment and vary person to person
  • There are effective treatments, which can control the disease progression and prevent further organ damage
  • Lupus patient can lead a good productive life with appropriate treatment at proper time
  • Urine test should be done regularly to look for protein and RBCs in urine
  • Medications commonly used in treatment of LUPUS are steroid, hydroxychloroquine, cyclophosphamide, methotrexate, azathioprine, mycophenolate mofetil, tacrolimus and rituximab
  • Along with medication lupus patient should avoid direct sun exposure and crowded place
  • Should use umbrella and apply sun protecting lotion over the exposed part and cover whole body while moving out from the house
  • Regularly visit to rheumatologist, get blood and urine test as per advice and regular treatment can lead a active life
  • Consult your doctor before planning for pregnancy if you are having LUPUS as some medicines are not suitable during pregnancy and close monitoring of the disease is required


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