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Lupus: Neurological

Lupus (also called systemic lupus erythematosus) is an autoimmune disorder that can lead to a variety of neurological symptoms.

Normally, the immune system protects the body against invading infections and cancers. Among those with lupus, the immune system is overactive and produces increased amounts of abnormal antibodies that attack the body’s tissues and organs. Lupus usually affects the joints, skin, kidneys and/or heart. A common, striking feature of lupus is butterfly-shaped rash over the cheeks.

Lupus can also affect the brain, resulting in neurological symptoms, including headachesepilepsy, or psychoses.

Additional neurological symptoms include mild cognitive dysfunction, organic brain syndrome, peripheral neuropathies, sensory neuropathy, psychological problems (including personality changes, paranoia, mania, and schizophrenia), seizures, transverse myelitis, and paralysis andstroke.

The severity of symptoms can range from mild to life threatening.

Is There Any Treatment For Lupus?

There is no cure for lupus, although some of the symptoms can be reduced with a combination of medication, rest, exercise, proper nutrition, and stress management.

Medications used in the treatment of lupus may include aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, antimalarials, corticosteroids, and immunosuppressive drugs.

What Is The Prognosis?

The prognosis for lupus varies widely depending on the organs involved and the intensity of the inflammatory reaction. The course of lupus is commonly chronic and relapsing, often with long periods of remission.

Most individuals with lupus do not develop serious health problems and have a normal lifespan with periodic doctor visits and treatments with various drugs.

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