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According to the CDC, lupus is an autoimmune disease that triggers inflammation in different tissues of the body. Autoimmune diseases happen when the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues. The most common type of lupus is systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), which affects different parts of the body including internal organs. In addition to SLE, the National Institutes of Health describes other types of lupus as: Discoid lupus erythematosus—causes a skin rash that doesn’t go away; Subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus—causes skin sores on parts of the body exposed to the sun; Drug-induced lupus—can be caused by medications; and, Neonatal lupus—a rare type of lupus that affects newborns.
Free Downloadable Resources
The Role of Perspectives in Lupus Care
A four-part video series demonstrating how patient and physician shortcuts in thinking to impact the diagnosis and treatment of lupus.
Sick AND Tired of Being Sick AND Tired
A data-based vignette that provides a real-world example of how patient care can be impacted by cultural differences.
Patient and Supporter Resource
Additional resources designed specifically for people with lupus including a fact sheet and a symptom tracker. Most of these resources are available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Korean, Spanish & Vietnamese.
Continuing Medical Education | CME
TLI also offers a variety of CMEs for providers including Dermatology & Lupus and Epidemiology, Disparities and Social Determinants of Lupus.