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Vascular, Lymphatic and Systemic Conditions

Picture of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus 2

Picture of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus 2

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune condition in which the immune system attacks various parts of the body. People with lupus may exhibit a characteristic “butterfly rash” across the bridge of the nose and cheeks as shown in this photo. Symptoms and signs of the condition may include pain, arthritis, fatigue, fever, pleuritis, Raynaud's phenomenon, loss of appetite, photosensitivity, pericarditis, oral ulcers, and other symptoms. Lupus cannot be cured, but treatment may be able to relieve symptoms and prevent tissue destruction. Medications can be prescribed to modulate immune function and decrease inflammation in the body.

Image Source: Color Atlas & Synopsis of Pediatric Dermatology Kay Shou-Mei Kane, Jen Bissonette Ryder, Richard Allen Johnson, Howard P. Baden, Alexander Stratigos Copyright 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies. All rights reserved.

Text Reference: Lupus Foundation of America: "What Is Lupus?"