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Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease which causes inflammation of various parts of the body especially the skin joints 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 the make 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 can cause inflammation injury to tissues and pain There are currently three types of lupus Discoid lupus Systemic lupus erythematosus SLE and a lupus-like syndrome called drug-induced lupus Discoid lupus is limited to the skin and is identified by a rash that may appear on the face neck or scalp The rash may be more apparent on areas of the skin exposed to ultraviolet light Although there are many types of lupus rash the most common is raised scaly and red but not itchy Systemic lupus erythematosus SLE is usually more severe than discoid lupus This type of lupus can cause inflammation in a number of organs For some people this may be limited to skin and joint involvement In others the joints lungs kidneys blood or other organs andor tissues may be affected SLE may include periods in which few if any symptoms are evident and other times in which the disease becomes active Certain prescribed drugs can create a lupus-like syndrome called drug-induced lupus which is similar to SLE This type of lupus very rarely affects either the kidneys or the nervous system The drugs most commonly connected with drug-induced lupus are hydralazine used to treat hypertension and procainamide used to treat irregular heart rhythms Not everyone who takes these drugs will develop drug-induced lupus When the medications
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