Caring for Children with Lupus

Lupus is a disease of the immune system. Normally, the immune system fights off infections. When the immune system is not working normally, it can start to attack itself. This happens because of part of the immune system called auto-antibodies ("auto" meaning self) targets the body’s own organs. This can lead to inflammation, pain, and other symptoms of lupus. Diseases like lupus that make autoantibodies are called autoimmune diseases.

Lupus is a chronic disease which means that it doesn’t go away, but it can be treated. People with lupus should regularly see a rheumatologist. Lupus can affect many parts of the body, such as the joints, skin, kidneys, brain, and heart. Because it has so many different symptoms, lupus is sometimes difficult to diagnose. The most important point to remember is that lupus is manageable and people with lupus can lead active and healthy lives.

Continuum of Care

Lupus is most likely to develop between the ages of 10 and 44. Early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent organ damage later in life. While we are a pediatric hospital, we continue to treat lupus patients as they become young adults. We have a transition program to help older patients find age-appropriate care in their communities.

Lupus Center Team

Diagnosing and treating lupus requires a team effort. Our team includes rheumatologists, nephrologists, nutritionists, occupational and physical therapists, social workers and nurses. Meet the experts in the Lupus Center. Meet the Team

Our Services

The clinic is located at the Burnet Campus, in the Rheumatology Clinic.

In addition, educational sessions, social support and activities are offered quarterly for patients and their families.