BONE & JOINT DISORDERS (ARTHRITIS)
SYSTEMIC LUPUS ERYTHEMATOSUS – WHAT HAPPENS
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus is an autoimmune disorder where the immune system (defense system) of the body, for unknown reason start attacking the body’s healthy tissue rather than protecting it from foreign bodies. The ‘auto antibodies’ so produced attack the cells in many different parts of the body, causing inflammation and tissue damage in the joints, skin, kidney, nervous system (brain, spinal cord and nerves), blood, heart, lungs, digestive system and eyes.
During the whole reaction the autoantibodies also attach themselves to specific body chemicals, forming abnormal molecules called “immune complexes”. These immune complexes deposit in various tissues and organs in the body and cause additional inflammation and injury.