Lupus

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OUP Oxford, Jan 17, 2008 - Health & Fitness - 101 pages
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Lupus is a disorder in which the body's immune system attacks itself, culminating in disease which can affect multiple organs, including the skin, joints, heart, lungs, kidneys, and central nervous system. Lupus currently affects about 30,000 patients in the UK, 500,000 in the United States and tens of thousands throughout Europe. Whilst there have been great advances in research into the genetic background of lupus and new interventions such as stem-cell transplants, there is still a surprising lack of information available for patients, carers and their families. Written by the former President of the British Society for Rheumatology and the current co-director of the Lupus Centre of Excellence in Pittsburgh, USA, this new edition of Lupus: The Facts reflects major developments in our understanding of the causes of lupus.
 

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Contents

2 Lupus what are its early symptoms and signs?
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3 Lupus the chameleon the clinical features of the disease
15
4 Tests for diagnosing and managing lupus
31
5 Treatment
39
6 Treatment that does not involve drugs
53
7 Lupus in special situations children elderly onset druginduced lupus and pregnancy
59
tips for patients family and friends
67
9 The factors that conspire to cause lupus
73
10 The current outlook for lupus patients and why the future is getting brighter
81
11 Lupus myths and fables
89
World lupus group organizations
93
Index
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David Isenberg is Academic Director of Rheumatology at the Centre for Rheumatology at University College London, UK. Susan Manzi is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology and Co-Director Lupus Center of Excellence at the University of Pittsburgh, USA.

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