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Systemic


Systemic refers to something that is spread throughout, system-wide, affecting a group or system such as a body, economy, market or society as a whole. Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) Systemic lup [..]
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Steroids


Steroids is the shortened term for corticosteroids, a drug commonly used to reduce inflammation in lupus.  The term steroids is not to be confused with the male hormone-related steroid compounds des [..]
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Rheumatoid Arthritis


Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a form of arthritis that causes pain, swelling, stiffness and loss of function in your joints. It can affect any joint but is common in the wrist and fingers. You might h [..]
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Rheumatism


Rheumatism or rheumatic disorder is a non-specific term for medical problems affecting the joints and connective tissue. The study of, and therapeutic interventions in, such disorders is called rheum [..]
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Pulmonary Function Test


A group of non-invasive tests that measure lung function, allowing your doctor to follow your lung condition over time. This can help track lung involvement with SLE, pinpoint the cause of shortness o [..]
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Proliferative Lupus Nephritis


The term for severe stages of lupus nephritis — or inflammation of the kidneys due to lupus – is proliferative lupus nephritis.  Lupus nephritis is a serious condition, which occurs when autoanti [..]
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Pleurisy


Inflammation of the pleura, the membrane that surrounds and safeguards the lungs. This inflammation usually occurs when an infection or toxin irritates the surface of the pleura. This causes sharp che [..]
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Pathology


The science and branch of medicine that pursues the cause, origin, and nature of disease. Photosensitivity Photosensitivity is an abnormal reaction to sunlight.
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Osteoarthritis


As opposed to rheumatoid arthritis which is a chronic inflammatory condition and autoimmune disorder that generally affects the lining of the joints in your hands and feet. Rheumatoid arthritis cre [..]
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Neuropathy


A disease or condition of the nervous system; nerve damage.
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