Is lupus the same in children and adults?

Lupus in children is the same disease as lupus in adults; however, children diagnosed with lupus often have been ill for a longer period before the diagnosis is made. Because they often have been ill longer before their lupus was recognized children with lupus are more likely to have significant internal organ involvement when the diagnosis is made. As a result children with lupus often are required to begin aggressive therapy soon after diagnosis.

Medically reviewed on August 16, 2013

This article was published by the Lupus Foundation of America Office.