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Lupus is a disease of the immune system. The patient’s antibodies turn against her body, causing a range of symptoms such as pain and inflammation. The disease can make it more likely a person will develop anemia and other blood diseases. Lupus can make everyday living a challenge for children and their families.
While there is no cure for lupus, staff with the Division of Rheumatology’s Lupus Center can plan a course of medication therapy that allows children with lupus to live happy, normal lives. Medication needs vary depending on the child’s symptoms, and division physicians work closely with each patient to best treat his symptoms and reduce the long-term risk of joint and organ damage. Through proper treatment, patients with lupus and their families can live full lives and manage occasional disease flare-ups without major disruptions.
We are also working to gain a better understanding of Lupus through our research. The primary focus of the Center for Autoimmune Genomics and Etiology (CAGE) is to gain a better understanding of the genesis of lupus and other immunological diseases.
Learn more about the services offered by the Lupus Center.
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