What are Lupus?

  • (noun): Any of several forms of ulcerative skin disease.
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Systemic lupus erythematosus (i/sɪˈstɛmɪk ˈluːpəs ˌɛrɪθiːməˈtoʊsəs/), often abbreviated to SLE or lupus, is a systemic autoimmune disease (or autoimmune connective tissue disease) that can affect any part of the body. As occurs in other autoimmune diseases, the immune system attacks the body's cells and tissue, resulting in inflammation and tissue damage. It is a Type III hypersensitivity reaction in which antibody-immune complexes precipitate and cause a further immune response.

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Lupus Headache
... Lupus headache is a proposed, specific headache disorder in patients suffering from systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) ... The existence of a special lupus headache is contested, although few high-quality studies are available to form definitive conclusions ...
Lupus Erythematosus–lichen Planus Overlap Syndrome
... Lupus erythematosus–lichen planus overlap syndrome (also known as "Lichen planus–lupus erythematosus overlap syndrome") is a true overlap syndrome with features ... Lichen planus–lupus erythematosus overlap syndrome is a rare variant of lichen planus characterized by lesions that share features with lupus erythematosus ...
Lupus Band Test
... Lupus band test is done upon skin biopsy, with direct immunofluorescence staining, in which, if positive, IgG and complement depositions are found at the dermoepidermal junction ... This test can be helpful in distinguishing systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) from cutaneous lupus, because in SLE the lupus band test will be positive in both involved and ...
Lupus Headache - Diagnosis
... investigations (such as lumbar puncture or magnetic resonance imaging, MRI) are needed in lupus patients presenting with headache ... and they have not been able to distinguish a special "lupus headache" from other headache types in people with lupus ...
Lupus - Research
... Since lupus is considered to be currently incurable, current research is being geared towards finding a possible cause, a cure, and more effective ...

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  • (noun): A constellation in the southern hemisphere near Centaurus.

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    Regna regnis lupi, The State is a wolf unto the State. It is not a pessimistic lamentation like the old homo homini lupus [Man is a wolf to Man], but a positive creed and political ideal.
    Johan Huizinga (1872–1945)