Understanding lupus

What is the prognosis for a person with lupus?

The idea that lupus is generally a fatal disease is incorrect. In fact, the prognosis of lupus is better today than ever before.

It is true that medical science has not yet developed a method for curing lupus, and some people do die from the disease. However, people with non-organ threatening aspects of lupus can look forward to a normal lifespan if they:

  • Follow the instructions of their physician
  • Take their medication(s) as prescribed
  • Know when to seek help for unexpected side effects of a medication or a new manifestation of their lupus.

Although some people with lupus have severe recurrent attacks and are frequently hospitalized, most people with lupus rarely require hospitalization especially those who maintain a healthy lifestyle and follow their physician's instructions.

New research brings unexpected findings each year. The progress made in treatment and diagnosis during the last decade has been greater than that made over the past 100 years. It is therefore a sensible idea to maintain control of a disease that tomorrow may be curable.

Medically reviewed on July 12, 2013

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