Why More Children Than Ever Are Being Diagnosed With Lupus
More children than ever are being diagnosed with lupus, this is mainly due to better resources and more pediatric rheumatologists than the disease becoming more prevalent. In this video from Lupus Canada, Dr. Levy from the Hospital for Sick Children discusses lupus in children.
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Dr. Levy explains that lupus is a rare disease and is usually diagnosed in early adulthood, but children can develop the disease. In fact, around one in 10,000 children will develop pediatric lupus before their 18th birthday. Although children as young as three or four years old are diagnosed, it is more common to be diagnosed pre-puberty, somewhere between 11 and 13 years old.
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