Tuesday, 25 September 2012
October is Lupus Awareness month, with its many symptoms, Lupus can often be overlooked by a GP or consultant .....
Systemic Lupus is a presently-incurable illness of the immune system, a condition in which the body's defence mechanism begins to attack itself through an excess of antibodies in the blood stream causing inflammation and damage in the joints, muscles and other organs.
Discoid Lupus is usually a condition of the skin alone, but in a very few patients might develop Systemic Lupus.
Some 50,000 may have Lupus in the
and 90% of sufferers are female, mainly between the ages of 15 and 55. UK
With its many symptoms, Lupus can often be overlooked by a GP or consultant which may delay final diagnosis and a vital start to necessary treatment which can contain the disease and limit potential damage to the kidneys, heart, lungs or brain.
http://www.medical.lupusuk.org.uk , medical information and http://www.lupusuk.org.uk , public information.
Source: Aneurin Bevan Health Board