What is systemic lupus erythematosus?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is the most common form of lupus as well as the most severe type of lupus. It is an autoimmune disorder that develops antibodies to attack good tissues in the body. This results in inflammation and complications for the organs, blood vessels, skin and joints. SLE is the most severe form of lupus because it has the largest number of symptoms and is a permanent condition.

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