The symptoms of SLE vary from mild to extremely severe and debilitating. In some patients, only one part of the body—for example, the skin—is affected. In others, many parts of the body are affected. Each case is unique in the symptoms that it produces. Though symptoms of SLE can be chronic, they usually flare up and subside intermittently.
General symptoms include:
Musculoskeletal symptoms include:
Skin symptoms include:
Butterfly Rash on the Face
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Gastrointestinal symptoms include nausea, vomiting, or abdominal pain.
Neuropsychiatric symptoms include:
SLE may cause complications during pregnancy. There may be a flare-up of symptoms, kidney problems, or pre-eclampsia. There is also an increased risk of premature birth, stillbirth, miscarriage, or growth problems wiht the baby during pregnancy.
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Last reviewed June 2013 by Rosalyn Carson-DeWitt, MD; Brian Randall, MD
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