Care and Treatment

Defining Systemic Lupus Erythematous (SLE, or Lupus)

 

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in the body and blood. Lupus can affect the skin, joints, heart lining, lung lining and multiple organs.

 

When a person is healthy, their immune system protects the body from things like bacteria, viruses, chemicals and toxic substances. When people have lupus, their immune system thinks its own tissue is foreign and attacks it. This causes inflammation.

 

Diagnosing Lupus

 

Our specialists will diagnose lupus through a series of consultations and tests, including but not limited to:

  • Evaluation with a rheumatologist who specializes in lupus
  • Blood tests
  • Urine test
  • Skin or tissue biopsy
  • Kidney biopsy or tissue biopsy if there is major organ involvement

Our clinic services also include:

  • Ongoing management of complex medications and care coordination
  • Social work consults
  • Pharmacy consults
  • Immunizations
  • Infusions
  • Education and self-management tools on lupus
  • Education and strategies to overcome common symptoms like fatigue, joint pain, hair thinning and oral ulcers
  • Medication management tools
  • Expedited referrals to other specialties