Everything about Lupus You Need to Know

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Lupus Complications

Lupus can cause damage to many parts of the body, potentially leading to the following complications:

  • Kidney failure
  • Blood problems, such as anemia (low red blood cell count), bleeding, or clotting
  • High blood pressure
  • Vasculitis (inflammation of the blood vessels)
  • Memory problems
  • Behavior changes or hallucinations
  • Seizures
  • Stroke
  • Heart disease or heart attack
  • Lung conditions, such as pleurisy (inflammation of the chest cavity lining) or pneumonia
  • Infections
  • Cancer
  • Avascular necrosis (death of bone tissue due to a lack of blood supply)

Lupus and Cancer

Lupus isn’t a form of cancer, but having the disease may increase your risk of developing certain cancers. Researchers aren’t sure what accounts for this link. Treatments for lupus and cancer sometimes overlap. Therapies for lupus may include medicines that are also used as cancer chemotherapy drugs.

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