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Transcript of Lupus
Age: 29 years old
Height 5'7 ft.
Weight: 126 lbs.
shortness of breath
Science behind the disease
Lupus- An autoimmune disease where the body's immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks healthy tissue
To diagnose lupus, they focus on 11 abnormalities.
Through tests, she has 4 out of the 11 of the abnormalities.
Immunosupressive drugs, like Imuran.
These drugs suppress the immune system, so your immune system will stop attacking the healthy tissues.
Symptoms of Patient A
Fatigue and high fever
Shortness of breath
Visible swelling in joints
Coughing up blood
Vital Signs of Patient A
Blood Pressure: 132/91 mm/Hg
Breathing: 28 breaths per minute
Pulse: 112 beats per minute
Body Temperature: 103.1 degrees Fahrenheit
anemia ( low rbc's)
lymphopenia (high wbc's)
renal (kidney) disorder (high protein in urine)
mucous ulcers (ulcers in nose and mouth)
neurological disorder (seizures)
By Josh Acevedo, Brian Eng, Zoe Palmer, & Billy Reeves
Probably related to genes
In a healthy immune system, antibodies fight off antigens
With lupus, the antibodies cannot distinguish between antigens and healthy tissue
ANAs (anti-nuclear antibodies) affect the person's DNA
Can be made worse by stress, UV rays, or infections
Since the symptoms of lupus can easily be mistaken for other diseases, what are some ways to narrow the results?
Will they ever find out what directly causes lupus?
Do women or men tend to contract lupus more often? If lupus occurs in one sex more than the other , explain.