In this video from Osmosis, the pathology of system lupus erythematosus (SLE) is described using simple hand sketches and diagrams. Lupus is an autoimmune disease, which means that instead of attacking germs and bugs, the immune system in lupus patients actually attacks healthy tissue causing a wide variety of symptoms.
The film explains how different parts of the body can be affected by lupus, including the skin, joints, kidneys and heart. It also talks about some of the known triggers for lupus flares including UV rays, smoking, viruses, certain medications, and estrogen.
Because lupus causes so many different symptoms and no two lupus patients are alike, it makes it an extremely difficult disease to diagnose, and patients may wait months or even years before getting a positive diagnosis and starting an effective treatment plan.
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