Wise Wednesday is upon us again! Did you know that systemic Lupus (the most prevalent form of Lupus) can affect many different bodily systems? Some of the most common targets are the kidneys, heart, lungs and brain, but every patient is different. It’s important that we learn about the systemic effects of Lupus so that we can communicate with our doctors. .
[Image Description: “Here are some ways Lupus can affect the body” down left side of black background. On the right there are 4 lilac blocks. The first has an image of kidneys and reads “Kidneys. Inflammation of the kidneys (nephritis) can impair their ability to get rid of waste products and other toxins from the body effectively.” Second block has an image of a heart and reads “Heart. In some people with lupus, inflammation can occur in the heart itself (myocarditis and endocarditis) or the membrane that surrounds it (pericarditis), causing chest pains or other symptoms.” Third block shows image of lungs and reads “Lungs. Some people with lupus develop pleuritis, an inflammation of the lining of the chest cavity that causes chest pain, particularly with breathing. Patients with lupus also may get pneumonia.” Fourth block shows image of brain and reads “Brain. In some patients, lupus affects the brain or central nervous system. This can cause headaches, dizziness, depression, memory disturbances, vision problems, seizures, stroke or changes in behaviour.”]