Lupus and your body

How does lupus affect the blood?

Dr. Michael Rosove is a Medical Oncologist in Los Angeles, CA and a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California-Los Angeles, School of Medicine.

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Blood is made up of many different parts, but those that are most often affected by lupus are the red blood cells, the white blood cells, and the platelets. Blood disorders are common in lupus.

The main issues having to do with lupus and the blood are:

Hematologists, who are specialists in blood disorders, are often involved in the evaluation and treatment of individuals with lupus.

The Lupus Foundation of America would like to thank Michael Rosove, MD, for his input.

Medically reviewed on June 20, 2013