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What You Need to Know About Lupus
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 12 Noon (Eastern Time)

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Mehrnaz Hojjati, MD

  • Orthopaedic & Rheumatologic Institute
  • Rheumatologic and Immunologic Disease
  • Cleveland Clinic

Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease with several different forms, including systemic lupus erythematosus, cutaneous lupus erythematosus, drug-induced erythematosus and neonatal lupus. The disease is known to affect the skin, joints, blood and kidneys.

One in 2,000 people in the United States has lupus. Women, as well people of African, Asian and Native American descent, are more likely to develop lupus. In some cases, lupus is inherited. Symptoms of lupus include fever, weight loss, fatigue, painful joints, facial rash, sun sensitivity, hair loss, headaches, anemia, abnormal blood clotting, swelling, chest pain, Raynaud’s phenomenon and mouth or nose ulcers.

Systemic lupus erythematosus is an immune system disease. Normally, the immune system protects the body from infection. However, in lupus, the immune system inappropriately attacks tissues in various parts of the body. This abnormal activity of the immune system leads to tissue damage and illness. When left untreated, several organs can be affected by lupus, including the skin, brain, eyes, gastrointestinal system, cardiovascular system (heart and blood vessels), blood, musculoskeletal system (muscles and joints), and kidneys. Lupus can be diagnosed with ANA (antinuclear antibody) test, but positive test results are not specific to lupus alone. Lupus can be treated with medications.

Our expert will discuss how both men and women are affected by this disease and will address symptoms, diagnosis and treatment strategies for mild to severe lupus.

Using state-of-the-art diagnostics and decades of experience, we evaluate the cause of your pain and then tailor the most appropriate treatment for your individual needs. Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Rheumatic and Immunological Diseases is ranked #2 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

Mehrnaz Hojjati, MD is a rheumatologist in the Department of Rheumatic and Immunological Diseases specializing in lupus and general rheumatology. Dr. Hojjati completed her rheumatology fellowship at Yale-New Haven Hospital, in New Haven, Conn, after her internal medicine residency at both Prince George's Hospital Center and St. Raphael Hospital. She graduated from Shaheed Beheshti University of Medical Science, in Tehran, Iran.

Lupus Foundation of America

This health chat is being brought to you by Cleveland Clinic and Lupus Foundation of America, Inc. Greater Ohio Chapter. The Greater Ohio Chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America, Inc., founded in 1977, is a non-profit, mostly voluntary health organization. Its purposes are to raise public awareness, educate and support those affected by lupus and find a cure, educate health care professionals, and promote, encourage and provide funds for Lupus research.

To make an appointment with Dr. Hojjati or any of the other specialists in our Department of Rheumatic & Immunological Diseases at Cleveland Clinic, please call 866.275.7496. You can also visit us online at clevelandclinic.org/rheum

To learn more about the Lupus Foundation of America, Inc. Greater Ohio Chapter visit the website at www.lupusgreaterohio.org



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