Lupus - Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
LUpUS means wolf ERYTHEMATOSUS means redness The name was coined in 1851 because the facial rash looked like the bite of the wolf. Many people call the face rash, the marlar butterfly rash. See for yourself.
Lupus, the disease, is believed to have been described by Hippocrates around 400 BC. Lupus is not a new disease but has been described more in the last 150 years. Approximately 25 years ago, lupus was considered a terminal disease.
Today, lupus can be controlled with proper medical treatment. There is no cure for lupus. Lupus is a chronic, inflammatory disease in which the body's immune system, instead of serving its normal protective function, forms antibodies that attack healthy tissues and organs. For most people, lupus is a mild disease affecting only a few body organs; for others, it may cause serious and even life - threatening problems.
The number of Americans diagnosed with lupus is estimated at 500,000. Lupus is more common that muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, leukemia and Addison's Disease. LE usually is divided into 3 groups: Discoid LE, Systemic LE and Drug-induced Lupus.