Lupus is a disorder in which the body's immune system attacks itself, culminating in disease which can affect multiple organ systems, including the skin, joints, heart, lungs, kidneys, and central nervous system. Lupus currently affects around 30,000 people in the UK, and 500,000 in the United States. Whilst there have been great advances in research into the genetic background of lupus and new treatments such as stem cell transplants, there is still a surprising lack of information available for patients, carers, and their families.
Written by the former president of the British Society for Rheumatology and the current co-director of the Lupus Centre of Excellence in Pittsburgh, USA, this new edition of Lupus: The Facts reflects major developments in our understanding of the causes of lupus. It discusses the treatment options available, how to manage the condition on a day to-day basis, and offers advice for families, friends and carers.
Table of contents:
1 What is systemic lupus erythematosus? 1
2 Lupus - what are its early symptoms and signs? 9
3 Lupus - the chameleon - the clinical features of the disease 15
4 Tests for diagnosing and managing lupus 31
5 Treatment 39
6 Treatment that does not involve drugs 53
7 Lupus in special situations (children, elderly onset, drug-induced lupus, and pregnancy) 59
8 Living and coping with lupus: tips for patients, family, and friends 67
9 The factors that conspire to cause lupus 73
10 The current outlook for lupus patients and why the future is getting brighter 81
11 Lupus myths and fables