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Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease which causes inflammation of various parts of the body especially the skin joints blood and kidneys The bodys immune system normally makes proteins called antibodies to protect the body against viruses bacteria and other foreign materials These foreign materials are called ANTIGENS In an autoimmune disorder such as Lupus the immune system loses its ability to tell the difference between foreign substances antigens and its own cells and tissues The immune system then makes antibodies directed against self These antibodies called auto-antibodies react with the self antigens to form immune complexes The immune complexes build up in the tissues and cause inflammation injury to tissues and pain More people have Lupus than AIDS cerebral palsy multiple sclerosis sickle-cell anemia and cycsic fibrosis combined Lupus Foundation of America market research data show that between 14 and 2 MILLION people reported to have been diagnosed with Lupus For most people Lupus in a mild disease affecting only a few organs but for others it can be serious or even life threatening Lupus is Latin for the word wolf and it is common medical lore that the butterfly rash seen on the cheeks of many Lupus patients is so similar to the markings of a wolf The medical name for the disease that we know of as Lupus-Lupus Erythmatosus-was first applied to a skin disorder by a Frencham Pierre Cazenave in 1851 though descriptive articles detailing the condition date back to Hippocrates in ancient greece Lupus is often called a womans disease despite the fact that men can be affected as well Lupus can occur at any age in any sex although it occurs 10-15 times more frequently among adult females than adult males The symptoms of the disease are the same in men and in women Lupus is a chronic inflammatory condition caused by an autoimmune disease Autoimmune diseases are illnesses which occur when the bodys tissues are attacked
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