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People who have lupus and their primary care doctors will find in this book all the information they need. -- from the Foreword by George C. Tsokos, M.D., Harvard Medical School Finally, an expert clinician who can explain a complicated medical condition using simple conversational English without glossing over important details or talking down to the reader. The information will be clear to anyone with a high school education and will also be helpful for medical professionals. I will be recommending this book to my patients with lupus and to anyone who wants to understand this illness better. -- Joan T. Merrill, M.D., Head, Clinical Pharmacology Research Program, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, and Medical Director, Lupus Foundation of America An extremely thorough and readable volume reflecting enormous amounts of time, effort, and research. -- Daniel J. Wallace MD FACP, FACR, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, author of The Lupus Book: A Guide for Patients and Their Families

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. 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

About the Author

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.

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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. Library Journal 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. The Lupus Guru 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. Lupus, the Adventure Between the Lines 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. Lupine Life 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. -- Sara Gorman Despite Lupus This is a highly readable medical text... This encyclopedia would be useful for public libraries, medical libraries, or academic libraries. -- Amy B. Parsons American Reference Books Annual

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