Chronic autoimmune disease affecting numerous organs. Different forms of progression. The most common symptoms are unexplained episodes of fever, joint complaints, and skin lesions. 90% of the ~35,000 affected individuals in Germany are female, and the preferred age of onset is around 30 years of age.
Since both the severity of the attack on individual organs and the course of the disease vary greatly, some physicians refer to the disease as "dicing": chronic relapsing, or more rarely, continuously progressing courses, the change of affected organs – everything is possible. Sometimes the SLE even heals.
Drug-induced lupus erythematosus: Special form triggered by drugs, e.g. B. by certain antibiotics, antiepileptic drugs, antirheumatic drugs, psychotropic drugs, thyrostatic drugs and antihypertensives. The symptoms disappear after stopping the medication. Many of these drugs are now no longer in use, so drug-induced lupus has become rare.