Lupus Q + A (Revised Edition) (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Jun 3, 2004 - Health & Fitness - 256 pages
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A rheumatologist and a psychologist offer an informative and compassionate perspective on coping with lupus for patients and their families.

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that is difficult to diagnose, and the symptoms-from achy joints to skin rashes-often mimic those of other diseases. Based on extensive research and clinical experience, Lupus Q&A answers the myriad questions of the more than 1.4 million lupus patients in this country. The book demystifies lupus by explaining diagnosis, symptoms, treatments, medication, and the psychological impact of the disease.


  

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Contents

THE NATURE OF LUPUS
WHAT HAPPENS IN LUPUS
TYPES OF LUPUS
THE INCIDENCE OF LUPUS
CAUSES OF LUPUS
Heredity as a Factor
Other Possible Factors
LUPUS AND ITS RELATION TO OTHER DISEASES
SYMPTOMS OF THE FEMALE REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM
COMPLICATIONS OF THE MOUTH AND EYES
INFECTIONS
FATIGUE
PAIN
COMPLICATIONS OF THE BLOOD
SOME GENERAL INFORMATION
TREATMENT MODALITIES

THE COURSE OF LUPUS
TRIGGERS OF LUPUS FLARES
OTHER COMMON QUESTIONS
SOME GENERAL INFORMATION
COMMON TESTS FOR LUPUS
IMPORTANT FACTORS IN THE DIAGNOSIS OF LUPUS
VISUALIZATION PROCEDURES
SOME COMMON CONCERNS
COMPLICATIONS OF THE JOINTS AND MUSCLES
SUN SENSITIVITY
KIDNEY COMPLICATIONS
COMPLICATIONS OF THE NERVOUS SYSTEM
BLOOD COMPLICATIONS
COMPLICATIONS OF THE CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM
CHEST COMPLICATIONS
COMPLICATIONS OF THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM
DIET AND WEIGHT CHANGES
REST AND EXERCISE
MEDICATION OVERVIEW
ASPIRIN
NSAIDS NONSTEROIDAL ANTIINFLAMMATORY DRUGS
ANTIMALARIALS
CORTICOSTEROIDS
IMMUNOSUPPRESSANTS
DHEA DEHYDROEPIANDROSTERONE
OTHER MEDICATION ISSUES
ACTIVITIES AND DAILY CONCERNS
SEX
PREGNANCY
PSYCHOLOGICAL FACTORS
THE ROLE OF THE PHYSICIAN

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About the author (2004)

Robert Lahita, M.D., is an associate professor of medicine at Columbia University and chief of rheumatology at St. Vincent's Hospital in New York City. He is the author of Lupus: Everything You Need to Know.

Robert Lahita, M.D., is an associate professor of medicine at Columbia University and chief of rheumatology at St. Vincent's Hospital in New York City. He is the author of Lupus: Everything You Need to Know.

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