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The Lupus Encyclopedia

A Comprehensive Guide for Patients and Families

Donald E. Thomas Jr., M.D., FACP, FACR

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People who have lupus need this book to stay as healthy as possible.

Systemic lupus erythematosus is an autoimmune disease that can affect any system and organ in the body. For the 1.4 million people in the United States who have lupus, an overactive immune system senses that different parts of the body do not belong, and it attacks these parts. The immune system may strike the cells that line the joints or tendons, for example, causing pain and swelling. An incredibly complex disease, lupus must be properly treated for the optimal health and well-being of the person who has it.

The Lupus…

People who have lupus need this book to stay as healthy as possible.

Systemic lupus erythematosus is an autoimmune disease that can affect any system and organ in the body. For the 1.4 million people in the United States who have lupus, an overactive immune system senses that different parts of the body do not belong, and it attacks these parts. The immune system may strike the cells that line the joints or tendons, for example, causing pain and swelling. An incredibly complex disease, lupus must be properly treated for the optimal health and well-being of the person who has it.

The Lupus Encyclopedia is an authoritative compendium that provides detailed explanations of every body system potentially affected by the disease, along with practical advice about coping. People with lupus, their loved ones, caregivers, and medical professionals—all will find here an invaluable resource. Illustrated with photographs, diagrams, and tables, The Lupus Encyclopedia explains symptoms, diagnostic methods, medications and their potential side effects, and when to seek medical attention. Dr. Donald Thomas provides information for women who wish to become pregnant and advises readers about working with a disability, complementary and alternative medicine, infections, cancer, and a host of other topics.

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A wealth of detail on the many ways lupus affects the human body, the various related treatment options, a range of patient resources for support, and more... a caring, comprehensive guide to understanding and coping with lupus.

The Lupus Encyclopedia is [a] carefully-researched, easily-understood and comprehensive book. It is, as it claims, an ENCYCLOPEDIA... If you [could have] only one book in your library about lupus, The Lupus Encyclopedia might well be it.

There is great depth and much to learn from reading and referring to this important book... This book should stand the test of time as one of the great books about this complex auto-immune disease.

I highly recommend The Lupus Encyclopedia. It's an amazing source of information, and I feel empowered by the fact that I have a reliable resource to turn to whenever I need it. No matter what your symptoms are or the level of severity, you owe it to yourself to get this book.

The Lupus Encyclopedia is a book that that every lupus patient should have in their home library. It's the most comprehensive lupus book out there, and is a valuable resource for anyone searching for a detailed and in-depth explanation of this complicated and mysterious disease.

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Available
Trim Size
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10
Pages
912
ISBN
9781421409849
Illustration Description
15 halftones, 37 line drawings
Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Foreword, by George C. Tsokos, MD
Preface
Acknowledgments
Part I: Definitions, Causes, and Diagnosis of Autoimmune Disease
1. What Is Lupus and How Is It Diagnosed?
2

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Foreword, by George C. Tsokos, MD
Preface
Acknowledgments
Part I: Definitions, Causes, and Diagnosis of Autoimmune Disease
1. What Is Lupus and How Is It Diagnosed?
2. The Other Systemic Autoimmune Diseases
3. What Causes Lupus?
4. The Meaning of All Those Test Results
Part II: How Lupus Affects the Body
5. How SLE Directly Affects the Body
6. Constitutional Symptoms
7. The Musculoskeletal System
8. Skin and Mucous Membranes
9. Blood and Lymph Systems
10. The Respiratory System
11. The Heart and Blood Vessels
12. The Urinary System
13. The Nervous System
14. The Exocrine Gland System
15. The Digestive System
16. Eyes
17. The Endocrine System
18. The Reproductive System and Pregnancy
19. Special Populations and Surgery
20. Prognosis
Part III: Other Complications of Lupus and Their Treatments
21. Heart Attacks and Strokes
22. Infections
23. Cancer and SLE
24. Osteoporosis
25. Avascular Necrosis of Bone
26. Adrenal Insufficiency
27. Fibromyalgia
28. Gastroesophageal Reflux and Stomach Ulcers
Part IV: Treatment of Lupus
29. General Treatment of Lupus
30. Anti-Malarials
31. Steroids
32. Immunosuppressants
33. Biologic Agents
34. Benlysta: The First FDA-Approved Drug for Lupus in More Than Fifty Years
35. Other Therapies for SLE
36. Prescription Pain Medicines
37. Future Treatments for SLE
38. Nonmedical Therapies for Lupus
39. Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Part V: Practical Matters
40. Talking to Your Doctor and Deciphering Symptoms
41. Becoming Pregnant, Breast-Feeding, and Using Contraception
42. Health Insurance and Affording Healthcare
43. Working and Dealing with Disability
44. The Lupus Secrets Checklist
Patient Resources
Bibliography
Index

Author Bio
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Donald E. Thomas, Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

Donald E. Thomas, Jr., M.D., FACP, FACR, is an assistant professor of medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and teaches rheumatology at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He is a practicing physician and currently serves as a member of the Medical-Scientific Advisory Council of the Lupus Foundation, DC/MD/VA chapter.