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Lupus is a condition in which the immune system becomes too active. It is a condition affecting women more than men (especially younger women between the ages 15 - 50), and is characterised by wide fluctuations. Common symptoms are fatigue, aches and pains, skin rashes (sometimes sun-sensitive). More serious complications include kidney, brain or blood involvement. In approximately one in five of all patients, there is a tendency to spontaneous blood clotting (Hughes syndrome).
Although lupus is a serious, and sometimes fatal, disease, the outcome has improved out of all recognition. With correct diagnosis and treatment, the majority of cases can now expect a normal life span, can have normal pregnancies and can even ultimately come off all medication.
The book “The London Lupus Centre- A Patient’s Guide to Lupus” is available on request for more patient information.
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