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Lupus


Synonyms of Lupus
  • Disseminated lupus erythematosus
  • Lupus erythematosus

Disorder Subdivisions

  • Discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE)
  • Drug-induced lupus erythematosus
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE_


General Discussion
Lupus is a chronic, inflammatory autoimmune disorder affecting the connective tissue. In autoimmune disorders, the body's own immune system attacks healthy cells and tissues causing inflammation and malfunction of various organ systems. In lupus, the organ systems most often involved include the skin, kidneys, blood and joints. Many different symptoms are associated with lupus, and most affected individuals do not experience all of the symptoms. In some cases, lupus may be a mild disorder affecting only a few organ systems. In other cases, it may result in serious complications.

There are at least three forms of lupus: the classic form, systemic lupus erythematosus; a form that only affects the skin, discoid lupus erythematosus; and drug-induced lupus erythematosus. The term lupus is most often used to denote systemic lupus erythematosus.
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Organizations related to Lupus
  • APS Foundation of America, Inc
    PO Box 801
    La Crosse WI 54602-0801
    Phone #: 608-782-2626
    800 #: N/A
    e-mail: apsfa@apsfa.org
    Home page: http://www.apsfa.org
  • American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, Inc.
    22100 Gratiot Avenue
    Eastpointe MI 48021
    Phone #: 586-776-3900
    800 #: 800-598-4668
    e-mail: aarda@aarda.org
    Home page: http://www.aarda.org/
  • American Juvenile Arthritis Organization
    Arthritis Foundation, National Office
    Atlanta GA 30309
    Phone #: 404-872-7100
    800 #: 800-568-4045
    e-mail: help@arthritis.org
    Home page: http://www.arthritis.org
  • Arthritis Foundation
    1330 West Peachtree Street
    Atlanta GA 30309
    Phone #: 404-872-7100
    800 #: 800-568-4045
    e-mail: help@arthritis.org
    Home page: http://www.arthritis.org
  • AutoImmunity Community
    None
    None None None
    Phone #: (91-9) -552-9057
    800 #: N/A
    e-mail: bandrews@autoimmunitycommunity.org
    Home page: http://autoimmunitycommunity.org
  • Autoimmune Information Network, Inc
    PO Box 4121
    Brick NJ 08723
    Phone #: 732-664-9259
    800 #: N/A
    e-mail: autoimmunehelp@aol.com
    Home page: http://www.aininc.org
  • CNS Vasculitis Foundation
    9930 Morningfield
    San Antonio TX 78250-3743
    Phone #: 210-523-8234
    800 #: N/A
    e-mail: pamela@cnsvf.org
    Home page: http://www.cnsvf.org
  • Cicatricial Alopecia Research Foundation
    PO Box 64158
    Los Angeles CA 90064
    Phone #: 310-475-2419
    800 #: N/A
    e-mail: info@carfintl.org
    Home page: http://www.carfintl.org
  • Cogan's Contact Network
    PO Box 145
    Freehold NJ 07728
    Phone #: 574-258-0804
    800 #: N/A
    e-mail: uscogans@juno.com
    Home page: http://www.coganssyndrome.info/
  • Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association
    http://au.groups.yahoo.com/group/Erythema Nodosum/
    None None None
    Phone #: N/A
    800 #: N/A
    e-mail: EryhemNodosum@yahoogroups.com.au
    Home page: http://www.au.groups.yahoo.com/group/ErythemaNodosum
  • Erythema Nodosum Yahoo Support Group
    None
    None None None
    Phone #: N/A
    800 #: N/A
    e-mail: N/A
    Home page: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/erythema_nodosum_Group/
  • European Society for Immunodeficiencies (ESID)
    c/o Dr. Esther de Vries
    Hertogenbosch None 5200 ME's
    Phone #: +31- 73--6992965
    800 #: N/A
    e-mail: info@esid.org
    Home page: http://www.esid.org
  • Jack Miller Center for Peripheral Neuropathy
    University of Chicago
    Chicago IL 60637
    Phone #: 773-702-5800
    800 #: N/A
    e-mail: information-millercenter@neurology.bsd.uchicago.edu
    Home page: http://millercenter.uchicago.edu
  • Kidney & Urology Foundation of America, Inc.
    152 Madison Ave.
    New York NY 10016
    Phone #: 212-629-9770
    800 #: 800-633-6628
    e-mail: info@kidneyurology.org
    Home page: http://www.kidneyurology.org
  • Lupus Canada
    590 Alden Road
    Ontario None L3R 8N2
    Phone #: 905-513-0004
    800 #: 800-661-1468
    e-mail: lupuscanada@bellnet.ca
    Home page: http://www.lupuscanada.org
  • Lupus Foundation of America, Inc.
    2000 L Street NW
    Washington DC 20036
    Phone #: 202-349-1155
    800 #: 800-558-0121
    e-mail: info@lupus.org
    Home page: http://www.lupus.org
  • Lupus Society of Alberta
    Suite 200, 1301 - 8 St. SW
    Calgary, AB None T2R 1B7
    Phone #: 403--22-8-7956
    800 #: 888--24-2-9182
    e-mail: lupuslsa@shaw.ca
    Home page: www.lupus.ab.ca
  • MUMS (Mothers United for Moral Support, Inc) National Parent-to-Parent Network
    150 Custer Court
    Green Bay WI 54301-1243
    Phone #: 920-336-5333
    800 #: 877-336-5333
    e-mail: mums@netnet.net
    Home page: http://www.netnet.net/mums/
  • Madisons Foundation
    PO Box 241956
    Los Angeles CA 90024
    Phone #: 310-264-0826
    800 #: N/A
    e-mail: getinfo@madisonsfoundation.org
    Home page: http://www.madisonsfoundation.org
  • NIH/National Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Information Clearinghouse
    1 AMS Circle
    Bethesda MD 20892-3675
    Phone #: 301-495-4484
    800 #: 877-226-4267
    e-mail: NIAMSinfo@mail.nih.gov
    Home page: http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info
  • Vasculitis of the Central Nervous System
    vasculitisoftheCNS@yahoogroups.com
    None None None
    Phone #: 770-978-5636
    800 #: --
    e-mail: SunnyBrook222@aol.com
    Home page: http://www.VasculitisoftheCNS@yahoogroups.com



For a Complete Report

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