Lupus Complications Pictures

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Lupus Complications Pictures

        Lupus complications are one of the few things a patient really does not want to think about. They appear more often than the medical doctors would wish and they really manage to pose serious problems for the sufferers. Lupus complications range from systemic to particular, in no obvious order of importance. Sometimes, the nature of the lupus complications is so bizarre that a "one - organ" problem might turn out to be highly perilous, while a full - system disorder will seem like a breeze.

       The lupus complications pictures attached offer a complete image of the body systems that are affected by this terrifying autoimmune disease. Because of its autoimmune nature, lupus has the possibility of slowly, but surely, destroying one organ (the skin, the lungs, the kidneys, the liver) or entire systems at a time, depending on what type of lupus it is. Of course, lupus complications become more severe with the increase in intensity in lupus. For example, if a patient suffers from discoid lupus, then, statistically, the worst thing that could happen to him or her is that they might have some gland problems. On the other hand, if the person already has systemic lupus erythematosus (the most severe form of lupus, affecting the entire body), the lupus complications that might appear escalate in significance and they simply cannot be foreseen or prevented.

Lupus complications pictures

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       In a worst - case scenario, here are some of the most dangerous and, unfortunately, most common lupus complications out there:

  • Kidney failure: three out of four lupus patients develop kidney problems within two years from being diagnosed. This makes kidney failure the first of the lupus complications that attending physicians look for. Periodical testing of the blood and urine make sure that your kidneys still function properly, while specific medication can keep them healthy if some problems have arisen. The first symptoms of kidney failure are chest pain, itching, leg swelling, vomiting and weight gain. When you start to experience any of these, you should visit your physician immediately. Do not wait until the next day, because kidney failure is an irreversible phenomenon once initiated.
  • Central nervous system damage: about 80% of the systemic lupus erythematosus patients will, eventually, have central nervous system damage. This results into headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, lapses in memory and, eventually, changes in personality. Unfortunately, this type of lupus complications cannot be stopped or controlled. It will ultimately happen, with or without the patients' consent.
  • Circulatory system problems: because lupus is an autoimmune disease and the blood transports all antibodies, it is natural for the blood to be the place of one of the more dangerous lupus complications out there. The abundance of unnatural antibodies created by lupus will thicken the blood and create cloths, will change the structure of the blood vessels' walls and, eventually, will cause strokes and heart attacks. Unlike the CNS problems, these ones can be controlled and predicted to a certain level.
  • Lung problems: these health issues are dangerous because they have little, to no symptoms and are, more often than not, very severe. The patients' immune system is already compromised by lupus, thus making it highly susceptible to pneumonia, pleuritis (the inflammation of the pleura, the tissue that surrounds the lungs) and even lung cancer. The good news is that lung problems can be easily tracked by some pretty standard tests. The treatment should clear them entirely.

Lupus complications in pregnant women

       There is one thing that the lupus complications pictures do not show: the effect of said problems on pregnant women. Female lupus patients are strongly advised to not have children and, even more, to not carry them themselves. There are two reasons behind this rather cruel medical demand. First off, lupus is a genetic condition, thus making it transmissible to the next generation. While the recurrence rate in children of lupus patients does not go over 60%, that is more than enough for an attending physician to suggest that a lupus patient, be it male or female, not have children of their own.

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       Secondly, and this applies only to women, these affected females should not carry their own children to term. The reason behind this request is simple: the risk of miscarriage triples in a lupus patient and preeclampsia is almost a given in these cases. The child's health would be severely damaged by the mothers' illness.