Essay Lupus: Immune System and Dr. Sergio Schwartzman

1002 Words May 3rd, 2010 5 Pages
LUPUS
An autoimmune disease that causes the body to attack its own healthy cells, lupus has no known origin. While its symptoms are primarily recognizable, they can often mimic other diseases, thereby delaying accurate diagnosis. Joint pain, poor circulation and a telltale rash are just three of myriad symptoms indicative of lupus, a disease that inevitably impacts major organs by way of compromising the body's defenses, as well as through invasive steroid treatment that weakens bones.
Lupus tricks the body into thinking there is an enemy that needs to be attacked; at this point, the body loses sight of an enemy cell and its own healthy cells, effectively eradicating all cells. Because the body cannot readily differentiate between
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Inflammation of the Kidneys is one of the most serious symptoms of Lupus. When the Kidney are not working properly they leak protein and is eliminated through urination with the lack of protein causes fluid retention and causes swelling or Edema in the lower extremities. This symptom is one of the first signs of lupus nephritis. Lupus affects the kidney functions to remove waste products and excess fluids from the body. A biopsy is used to determine the extent and severity of kidney disease. The tissue gathered is then examined through a microscope to determine inflammation and scarring. Once all the factors are gathered such as amount of protein in the urine, reduction of kidney function, and the Biopsy of the kidney drug therapy may be used to control inflammation and suppress the activity of the immune system. Although high dose of medications may have many side effects when used at high does it is needed to get the inflammation under control and then can be tapered down to a low does with lower side

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