Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) (or disseminated lupus erythematosus) is a relatively common inflammatory condition affecting joints, skin, liver, and kidney most commonly, but almost any tissue in the body may be involved. Eight five percent (85%) of cases occur in women (usually young), and it is more common in Negroes than Caucasians.
Lupus is an autoimmune disorder in which the body inappropriately rejects normal tissue for no known reason. Attacks may be precipitated by stress, some medications or chemicals. There is also a familial tendency.