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What kinds of lupus are there?

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Updated March 26, 2008

Question: What kinds of lupus are there?
Answer:

There are four main lupus types:

  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, (known as SLE) the most common and well-known form, which can affect almost any organ or organ system of the body, from the skin to internal organs like the lungs and kidneys.
  • Drug-induced lupus, a condition mimicking the symptoms of lupus, but brought on by certain types of drugs.
  • Discoid lupus, a cutaneous (affecting the skin) disease that distinguishes itself from SLE through the severity of rashes, and,
  • Neonatal lupus, rare form of temporary lupus affecting a fetus or newborn.
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