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Unit 4 Autoimmune diseasesI chose to write about Systemic Lupus Erythematosus otherwise knownas SLESLE is an autoimmune disease; Autoimmune diseases are classifiedwhen the immune system attacks the body because it confuses it forsomething foreign.SLE according to the center for disease controleffects more women than men at ratio of 9 to 1. Patients are generallydiagnosed usually between he ages of 20 to 40. The symptoms of SLEcan go from mild to life threatening.Symptoms include Fatigue, frommild to extreme cases. Rashes more notably a butterfly shaped rashthat covers the bridge of the nose and cheeks, low-grade fevers, pain,and swelling of the joints.SLE tends to target the following joints, skin,brain, lungs kidneys, blood vessels.Many lupus patients develop kidney complications also known as LupusNephritis.("How lupus affects the renal (kidney) system", 2018)This occurs whenlupus causes inflammation in the kidneys, makingthem unable to properly remove waste from your blood or control theamount of fluids in the body. Abnormal levels of waste build up in theblood and swelling develops, left untreated this can lead to scarringand permanent damage. This is known as End Stage Renal Disease, orERSD. Lupus patients with ERSD require regular filtering of the body’swaste done by a machine. This procedure is known as dialysis. ERSDusually develops within the first five years after the symptoms of lupusstarts.Most Notable in the celebrity news Selena Gomez was diagnosed withSLE, and has done a few interviews educating her fans on her journey.In September 2017 she required and received a kidney transplant dueto this Autoimmune Disease and Complications to her kidneys.Whilst Kidney transplants are no cure. They have been found to reducethe symptoms of SLE as well as slow down and control the sufferingthat comes with SLE.In 2005, one of the main medications makingstrides in the fight against SLE and other Autoimmune diseases

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Term
Fall
Professor
Sharon Marusiak
Tags
Rheumatology, autoimmune disease, Systemic lupus erythematosus, SLE, Sj gren s syndrome

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