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Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

SLE is a chronic inflammatory disease that can affect various parts of the body. Overstimulation of the immune system leads to damage to the body’s organs, as well as pain and joint swelling. Common symptoms of lupus include joint pain, rash, photosensitivity, oral or nasal ulcers, hair loss, weight loss and fevers. Organs that may be involved from the disease include the kidneys, heart, lungs and central nervous system. SLE is more common in women than men.