Lupus (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus) is an autoimmune disease that is inflammatory and it has the potential to attack all body systems.
Autoimmune, what is that? Normally the body’s immune system detects foreign invaders (like germs) and mounts a response to kill them. When someone has an autoimmune disease, the person’s immune system sees itself as the foreigner and attacks itself in addition to mounting responses to foreign invasion.
Lupus attacks many organ systems. When it attacks the skin, psoriasis can result. If it’s target is the gastrointestinal system (GI), Crohn’s disease or Ulcerative Colitis may result. There has been discussion of diabetes being autoimmune if it is the immune system that has targeted the insulin-producing pancreas.If the target is the kidneys, lupus nephritis (often requiring dialysis) may result; if the nervous system is involved, lupus cerebritis may result. There can be many cardiopulmonary complications from lupus as well.