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Lupus is now recognised worldwide as a major disease of modern times. Commonly affecting young women, it is now regarded as being more prevalent than leukaemia or multiple sclerosis, for example. It is a disease in which the immune system becomes over active and, because it can affect any organ of the body, its symptoms are diverse – fatigue, rashes, joint pains, depression – but sometimes with life-threatening kidney or brain involvement.
Kidney inflammation, known as lupus nephritis, occurs in approximately 50% of patients and can occur at the time a diagnosis of lupus is made or years later. There are often no specific symptoms of kidney involvement and the presence of non-visible blood or protein in the urine may be the only indication it is present. A kidney biopsy may be needed and this can be performed at London Bridge Hospital. If lupus nephritis is present, treatment is aimed at controlling the inflammation and preventing irreversible kidney damage. Management of the lupus nephritis often becomes the main focus of management as treatment of the kidney disease usually controls other manifestations of lupus.
At London Bridge Hospital there are both rheumatologists and nephrologists with a special interest in Lupus as well as the expertise in treating lupus. If there is no evidence of kidney involvement then patients are usually treated by a rheumatologist. If lupus nephritis is suspected or present then patients will normally need to see a nephrologist who will decide if a kidney biopsy is indicated.
If you're unsure who to see, please contact GP Liaison via email or call 020 7234 2009.
For more useful information on London Bridge Hospital's Lupus Centre visit: londonlupuscentre.co.uk
For more useful information about Hughes Syndrome, please visit our website: londonlupuscentre.co.uk/hughes-syndrome