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Environmental exposures and health: Lupus

May 4, 2010

Environmental and drug exposures have been related to rheumatological disorders for a long time. Lupus is one of the most well known of the rheumatological disorders, but there are others, such as Polyartritis and Kawasaki's syndrome. These are complex and often very difficult to pin down disorders and syndromes. A syndrome is term for a disorder that is a host for several diseases and disorders that can stand on their own.

Four types of Lupus Syndromecan be diagnosed. They are systemic lupus erythematosus, discoid lupus erythematosus, drug-induced lupus erythematosus and neonatal lupus. Systemic lupus is the most dangerous and most common form. In lupus, the body's immune system attacks the body itself, causing damage to any type of tissue or cell and causing inflammation, particularly to heart, lungs, joints, skin, kidneys, blood vessels and the brain.

The mechanism for the self attack is the antinuclear antibodies, or ANA. Wherever there is systemic or even weak and temporary positivity in tests for ANA, it is first surmised that Lupus may be involved.

When the blood vessels become so inflamed that blood will not pass through them, vasculitis is the result. Many Lupus sufferers go through multiple episodes of vasculitis, called systemic vasculitis. But Some forms of Lupus include up to 11 stand alone disorders that are each very serious and challenging to life.

Lupus was considered to be a deadly disease, with a poor prognosis for living to old age, but advancements have been made to lengthen and to improve the lives of sufferers, at least where wealth allows the top levels of medical care.

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Source Helium.com


Environmental exposures and health: Lupus

May 4, 2010

Environmental and drug exposures have been related to rheumatological disorders for a long time. Lupus is one of the most well known of the rheumatological disorders, but there are others, such as Polyartritis and Kawasaki's syndrome. These are complex and often very difficult to pin down disorders and syndromes. A syndrome is term for a disorder that is a host for several diseases and disorders that can stand on their own.

Four types of Lupus Syndromecan be diagnosed. They are systemic lupus erythematosus, discoid lupus erythematosus, drug-induced lupus erythematosus and neonatal lupus. Systemic lupus is the most dangerous and most common form. In lupus, the body's immune system attacks the body itself, causing damage to any type of tissue or cell and causing inflammation, particularly to heart, lungs, joints, skin, kidneys, blood vessels and the brain.

The mechanism for the self attack is the antinuclear antibodies, or ANA. Wherever there is systemic or even weak and temporary positivity in tests for ANA, it is first surmised that Lupus may be involved.

When the blood vessels become so inflamed that blood will not pass through them, vasculitis is the result. Many Lupus sufferers go through multiple episodes of vasculitis, called systemic vasculitis. But Some forms of Lupus include up to 11 stand alone disorders that are each very serious and challenging to life.

Lupus was considered to be a deadly disease, with a poor prognosis for living to old age, but advancements have been made to lengthen and to improve the lives of sufferers, at least where wealth allows the top levels of medical care.

Read the Full Article Here

Source Helium.com



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