Systemic lupus erythematosus is an autoimmune disease that can affect any system and organ in the body. For the 1.4 million people in the United States who have lupus, an overactive immune system senses that different parts of the body do not belong, and it attacks these parts. The immune system may strike the cells that line the joints or tendons, for example, causing pain and swelling. An incredibly complex disease, lupus must be properly treated for the optimal health and well-being of the person who has it.
The Lupus Encyclopedia is an authoritative compendium that provides detailed explanations of every body system potentially affected by the disease, along with practical advice about coping. People with lupus, their loved ones, caregivers, and medical professionalsall will find here an invaluable resource. Illustrated with photographs, diagrams, and tables, The Lupus Encyclopedia explains symptoms, diagnostic methods, medications and their potential side effects, and when to seek medical attention. Dr. Donald Thomas provides information for women who wish to become pregnant and advises readers about working with a disability, complementary and alternative medicine, infections, cancer, and a host of other topics.
About the Author
Donald E. Thomas, Jr., M.D., FACP, FACR, is an assistant professor of medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and teaches rheumatology at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He is a practicing physician and currently serves as a member of the Medical-Scientific Advisory Council of the Lupus Foundation, DC/MD/VA chapter.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Foreword, by George C. Tsokos, MD
Part I: Definitions, Causes, and Diagnosis of Autoimmune Disease
1. What Is Lupus and How Is It Diagnosed?
2. The Other Systemic Autoimmune Diseases
3. What Causes Lupus?
4. The Meaning of All Those Test Results
Part II: How Lupus Affects the Body
5. How SLE Directly Affects the Body
6. Constitutional Symptoms
7. The Musculoskeletal System
8. Skin and Mucous Membranes
9. Blood and Lymph Systems
10. The Respiratory System
11. The Heart and Blood Vessels
12. The Urinary System
13. The Nervous System
14. The Exocrine Gland System
15. The Digestive System
17. The Endocrine System
18. The Reproductive System and Pregnancy
19. Special Populations and Surgery
Part III: Other Complications of Lupus and Their Treatments
21. Heart Attacks and Strokes
23. Cancer and SLE
25. Avascular Necrosis of Bone
26. Adrenal Insufficiency
28. Gastroesophageal Reflux and Stomach Ulcers
Part IV: Treatment of Lupus
29. General Treatment of Lupus
33. Biologic Agents
34. Benlysta: The First FDA-Approved Drug for Lupus in More Than Fifty Years
35. Other Therapies for SLE
36. Prescription Pain Medicines
37. Future Treatments for SLE
38. Nonmedical Therapies for Lupus
39. Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Part V: Practical Matters
40. Talking to Your Doctor and Deciphering Symptoms
41. Becoming Pregnant, Breast-Feeding, and Using Contraception
42. Health Insurance and Affording Healthcare
43. Working and Dealing with Disability
44. The Lupus Secrets Checklist
What People are Saying About This
"People who have lupus and their primary care doctors will find in this book all the information they need."
The person who has lupus and their primary care doctor will find in this book all the information they need.
"An extremely thorough and readable volume reflecting enormous amounts of time, effort, and research."
"Finally, an expert clinician who can explain a complicated medical condition using simple conversational English without glossing over important details or talking down to the reader. The information will be clear to anyone with a high school education and will also be helpful for medical professionals. I will be recommending this book to my patients with lupus and to anyone who wants to understand this illness better."
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