Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE or Lupus)
SLE is an unusual condition in which the body produces antibodies to itself. This can result in damage to many different organs, such as the skin, joints, heart, and kidneys. The first signs of SLE in children may vary considerably, depending upon the organ which is most involved.
For most children, the major complication of SLE is kidney involvement. The presence and seriousness of SLE in the kidney is usually established by kidney biopsy and a number of blood and urine tests. Fortunately, there are a number of medications today which are able to control the kidney damage from SLE in most cases. These medicines are quite powerful, however, and their use requires very careful management by a nephrologist.
Since SLE involves other organs, children with the condition are often treated by a team of specialists. In such cases, coordination between the teams is very important. We have experienced teams of specialists with the ability to treat most of the complications of SLE in children.