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Lupus Answers
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 12 Noon (Eastern Time)

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Mehrnaz Hojjati, MD

  • Orthopaedic & Rheumatologic Institute
  • Department of Rheumatologic & Immunologic Disease
  • Cleveland Clinic

Lupus is a mysterious disease. The cause is unknown and has been the object of major research efforts for years. One in 2,000 people in the United States has lupus. People of African, Asian and Native American descent are more likely to develop lupus than Caucasians. 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.

Systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus) is a disease of the immune system. 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.

Many patients with active lupus feel poorly in general and complain of fever, weight loss and tiredness. Patients with lupus also develop specific problems when the immune system attacks a particular organ(s) or area(s) in the body. Because lupus is a condition that can change over time and is not always predictable, a critical part of good care includes periodic visits with a knowledgeable, available physician.

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.

About the Speaker
Mehrnaz Hojjati, MD is a rheumatologist in the Department of Rheumatic and Immunological Diseases specializing in lupus and general rheumatology. Dr. Hojjati graduated from Shaheed Beheshti University of Medical Science and went on to complete an internal medicine residency at both Prince George's Hospital Center and St. Raphael Hospital. Her rheumatology fellowship was completed at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

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

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

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