Lupus: The Facts

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Oxford University Press, 2000 - Medical - 127 pages
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Though one of the lesser known illnesses, Lupus affects an enormous number of people worldwide (there are 1 million sufferers in the USA alone), and is far more prevalent than many better known illnesses (such as MS and leukaemia). Lupus is a disease of the immune system, resulting from theover-production of antibodies. Typical first symptoms include skin rashes, hair loss, joint swellings, fever; however, it can then go on to start affecting major organs, particularly the kidneys, with a resulting risk to life. It is a disease that predominantly affects young women (between fifteenand forty). In spite of its high incidence, little has been written for the sufferer. Fortunately, the options for the Lupus sufferer have improved markedly in recent years, with the advent of self-help groups, and improved drug treatments. The long-term prognosis is therefore far more favourablenow than it has been in the past. As head of the Lupus Research Unit at St Thomas' Hospital, and life president of Lupus UK, Graham Hughes has an unsurpassed knowledge of Lupus. From a world-wide authority on the subject, Lupus: The FACTS provides the sufferer with the information they need, on arange of issues, such as diagnosis, treatment, pregnancy, and diet. Drawn from his years of experience treating patients, Dr Hughes provides the sufferer, and their family and friends, with concise, readable, information on the illness, with a book that emphasises the immense positive contributionthat they can make to improve their situation.
 

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Contents

CONTENTS
3
HOW IS LUPUS DIAGNOSED?
23
DOES DIET HELP?
53
WHAT ABOUT PREGNANCY?
63
LUPUS LIKE DISEASES
79
Sjdgrens syndrome
93
Druginduced lupus
100
So you think you have lupus?
114
Index
123
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Dr. Graham Hughes is head of the Lupus Research Unit at St Thomas' Hospital, London, and a leading Consultant Rheumatologist. In the 1970s he set up Europe's first lupus clinic, subsequently moving this and the Lupus Research Unit to St Thomas' Hospital. Dr. Hughes is life president of Lupus UK and a member of the American Lupus 'Hall of Fame'. He has published ten books on lupus and related disorders and is editor of the international journal 'Lupus'.

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