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Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

  • Tina Brar
  • Joanne Szczygiel Cunha
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Abstract

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a complex, chronic autoimmune disease characterized by the formation of antibodies and immune complexes, which deposit in different organs leading to various clinical presentations. SLE commonly affects women of child-bearing age. Symptoms vary from mild skin or joint involvement to life-threatening organ damage. The disease usually has a relapsing and remitting course and the goal of treatment is disease remission to prevent further organ damage.

Keywords

Systemic lupus erythematosus Autoimmune Anti-nuclear antibodies Antiphospholipid syndrome Hydroxychloroquine 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tina Brar
    • 1
  • Joanne Szczygiel Cunha
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of RheumatologyThe Warren Alpert School of Medicine of Brown UniversityProvidenceUSA

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