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    Default Is Lupus the same as SLE ?

    This might sound stupid but is Lupus the same as SLE ?
    Because Im a little confused my one Dr calls it Lupus the other calls it SLE ?

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    Not a stupid question at all. It can get very confusing. SLE stands for Systemic Lupus Erythmatosus (not sure of the spelling on the last word). It's usually easier just to refer to it as "lupus" than saying that mouthful. BUT there are different kinds of lupus, like discoid, systemic, nephritis. Saysusie can probably give you more info on the different types but in answer to your question, yes it's the same.

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    Lupus has a few different classifications... There is systemic (SLE), Discoid (DLE), Drug Induced (DILE)... etc. So, yes... and no... lol! Hope that helps!!
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    Hi Chipper010:
    The term "lupus" is used when talking about the many different forms of the disease. Usually, it refers to Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, but it can also refer to all of the types of lupus. Here are the different types of Lupus and their acronyms:
    Cutaneous Lupus: ACLE, SCLE, CCLE, or DLE
    Systemic Lupus: SLE
    Drug- Induced Lupus
    Neonatal Lupus (rare)
    Lupus also has overlap diseases such as: RA, Myositis, Sjogren's, Scleroderma
    Even within the same type of lupus, say you and I both have SLE, each of our cases will be unique, our symptoms can range from mild to severe and neither of us will suffer the same.

    Here is a brief explanation of each type of Lupus:

    Cutaneous Lupus:
    Generally affects the skin, but may also involve the hair and mucous membranes. It is frequently referred to as discoid lupus. Within lupus of the skin(cutaneous lupus), there are different types that cause different looking rashes and symptoms as follows:
    Acute cutaneous lupus erythematosus (ACLE) -
    Subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus (SCLE)
    Chronic cutaneous lupus erythematosus (CCLE)
    Discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE)
    There are even more terms used to describe specific forms of chronic cutaneous lupus: verrucous DLE, lupus profundus, mucosal DLE, palmar-plantar (hands and feet) DLE, and lupus tumidus.

    Confused?? just wait...there's more to confuse you even further (lol)

    Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE):
    Most often when people mention "lupus," they are referring to the systemic form of the disease. This type of Lupus can affect any system or organ in your body (and sometimes more than one or all of them) including the joints, skin, lungs, heart, blood, kidney, or nervous system. Symptoms of SLE can range from being a minor inconvenience to very serious and even life threatening. Some may experience no pain while others of us may experience extreme pain, especially in the joints. There may be no skin manifestations or rashes that are disfiguring. They may have no organ involvement or extreme organ damage.
    Researchers are finding more and more cases of patients with both SLE and Cutaneous Lupus.

    Drug-induced lupus erythematosus (DILE):
    This is a side effect of long-term use of certain medications. Some symptoms overlap with those of SLE. However, once the suspected medication is stopped, the symptoms generally go away within days and usually disappear within one or two weeks.

    Lupus in Overlap:
    The majority of people with lupus have lupus alone. However, between five and thirty percent of people with lupus report having overlap symptoms characteristic of one or more connective tissue diseases (for example, I have Lupus and Fibromyalgia - the symptoms of both are very similar). There are several well-recognized overlaps that may affect people with lupus including: lupus and rheumatoid arthritis (RA), lupus and myositis, lupus and systemic sclerosis (SSc or scleroderma), lupus and Sjogren's syndrome (SS).

    Neonatal lupus:
    This is a rare condition acquired from the passage of maternal autoantibodies, specifically anti-Ro/SSA or anti-La/SSB, which can affect the skin, heart and blood of the fetus and newborn. It is associated with a rash that appears within the first several weeks of life and may persist for about six months before disappearing. Congenital heart block is much less common than the skin rash. Neonatal lupus is not SLE.

    I hope that this has been helpful to you

    Peace and Blessings

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