Complications of lupus (part 3)

Published : 07 Feb 2022 12:33 AM | Updated : 07 Feb 2022 01:51 PM

Inflammation caused by lupus can affect many areas of your body, including your:

• Kidneys: Lupus can cause serious kidney damage, and kidney failure is one of the leading causes of death among people with lupus.

• Brain and central nervous system:  If your brain is affected by lupus, you may experience headaches, dizziness, behavior changes, vision problems, and even strokes or seizures. Many people with lupus experience memory problems and may have difficulty expressing their thoughts.

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• Blood and blood vessels:  Lupus may lead to blood problems, including a reduced number of healthy red blood cells (anemia) and an increased risk of bleeding or blood clotting. It can also cause inflammation of the blood vessels.

• Lungs: Having lupus increases your chances of developing an inflammation of the chest cavity lining, which can make breathing painful. Bleeding into lungs and pneumonia also are possible.

• Heart: Lupus can cause inflammation of your heart muscle, your arteries or heart membrane. The risk of cardiovascular disease and heart attacks increases greatly as well.

    Courtesy: Mayo Clinic

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