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Learn more about Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)

Content updated on Jan 19, 2024

What is systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)?

An autoimmune disease caused by the body's immune system attacking organs and cells. The exact cause is unclear, but risk factors include being female, childbearing age, and heredity. SLE may involve nearly every organ system in the body with a wide range of potential symptoms that often wax and wane over time.

Symptoms of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

  • Hair loss

  • Red rash over cheeks

  • Fingers and toes turn from pale blue to purplish-red when in the cold

  • New bumps appearing while some bumps are healing already

  • Fever

  • Headache

  • Fine nystagmus

  • Redness in sun-exposed areas of skin

Questions your doctor may ask to check for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

  • Are you experiencing increased hair loss?

  • Do you have red rashes on your cheeks?

  • Do your fingers and toes turn from pale blue to purplish-red color in the cold?

  • Are some of your rashes healing while others are appearing?

  • Do you have a fever?

Treatment for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

Though there is no cure, treatment aims to keep the disease inactive and ease symptoms. This is done through medications that suppress or modify the immune system. Creams can be given for rashes, and anti-inflammatory medicines and painkillers for joint pain.

View the symptoms of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)

References

  • Justiz Vaillant AA, Goyal A, Varacallo M. Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. 2023 Aug 4. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2023 Jan–. PMID: 30571026.

    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30571026/

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Kenji Taylor, MD, MSc

Kenji Taylor, MD, MSc (Family Medicine, Primary Care Physician)

Dr. Taylor is a Japanese-African American physician who grew up and was educated in the United States but spent a considerable amount of time in Japan as a college student, working professional and now father of three. After graduating from Brown, he worked in finance first before attending medical school at Penn. He then completed a fellowship with the Centers for Disease Control before going on to specialize in Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) where he was also a chief resident. After a faculty position at Stanford, he moved with his family to Japan where he continues to see families on a military base outside of Tokyo, teach Japanese residents and serve remotely as a medical director for Roots Community Health Center. He also enjoys editing and writing podcast summaries for Hippo Education.

Kaito Nakamura, MD

Kaito Nakamura, MD (Rheumatology & Allergy)

Dr. Nakamura is a rheumatologist who has practiced in the Ota Nishinouchi Hospital attached to Ota General Hospital, National Health Insurance Matsudo City Hospital, Chiba University Hospital, and the National Health Insurance Asahi Central Hospital.

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