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What Are the General Guidelines for Treating Lupus?

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  • Major involvement in the lungs or heart.
  • Significant kidney damage.
  • Acute inflammation of the small blood vessels in the extremities or gastrointestinal tract.
  • Severe central nervous system symptoms.

    The primary approach to treating severe SLE is to suppress the immune factors, most often first with corticosteroids and other immunosuppressant agents. Investigative agents and procedures are also showing promise. [See What Are Specific Agents Used for Severe Systemic Lupus Erythematosus?]

    Treating Specific Complications

    The major complications of the disease must be treated as separate problems, keeping in mind the specific aspects of SLE. They are discussed in another section. [See What Are Treatments for Some Complications of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus?.]

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