BONE & JOINT DISORDERS (ARTHRITIS)
SYSTEMIC LUPUS ERYTHEMATOSUS – INTRODUCTION
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus is a chronic connective tissue disorder, like rheumatoid arthritis, causing joint pain, fever and a typical ‘butterfly shaped rash’.
SLE affects the synovial lining of the joints, causing inflammation and damage to the joints and connective tissue. It is autoimmune in nature and typically affects women between the age of 15 -35. If not treated properly it may also affect other parts of the body.
Hence, SLE is a multisystem connective tissue disease characterized by presence of autoantibodies, circulating immune complexes and widespread immunologically determined tissue damage.