Lupus is a chronic auto-immune disease that can affect multiple organs, including the joints, skin, and kidneys. Patients with lupus can experience mild to serious flares of fatigue, arthritis, and fever but many other symptoms can be associated with this condition. Lupus occurs ten times more frequently in women than in men and most frequently starts in young adulthood.
Treatment of lupus is customized for each patient based on the severity of the condition and which organs are involved. For patients with milder symptoms, anti-malarial drugs are frequently administered and other treatment options include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroids, immune suppressants, and biologic medications. It is important for lupus patients to be closely monitored by their rheumatologist because many complications of lupus may not cause symptoms initially and will only be recognized through laboratory studies.
At Triangle Orthopaedics, our rheumatologists are experienced in treating a wide variety of lupus patients.
In addition to standard care, we have an active clinical research program including clinical trials of new medications under study for rheumatic diseases. We have participated in clinical trials of most of the rheumatoid arthritis medications that have become available over the past 20 years including Enbrel, Humira, Orencia, Rituxan, Kineret, Actemra, and Cimzia as well as the major anti-inflammatory medications. We have also collaborated with researchers at Duke University and the University of North Carolina's Thurston Arthritis Research Center. In our opinion, the availability of clinical trials is a major resource for our patients allowing them access to cutting edge therapies when established medications are not satisfactory. Our participation also keeps us at the forefront of the newest advances in rheumatology. If you are interested in participating in a clinical trial, please contact us.
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