Understanding lupus

Is there a time period for developing additional autoimmune diseases after the first diagnosis?

There is no time limit on when a second (or even third) autoimmune disease may develop, although it is likely to happen shortly after the first diagnosis.  Nevertheless, it is still possible to develop a second autoimmune disease more than ten years after the diagnosis of the first.  This said, it is important to maintain ongoing communication with your doctors about any changes to your health and/or specific symptoms you may be experiencing.

Medically reviewed on February 28, 2014

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