Lack of awareness a major reason for late diagnosis of lupus
Hyderabad: Although the number of patients with lupus in the city is slowly increasing, it takes an average of three years to diagnose the deadly disease.
The delay in diagnosis is due to lack of awareness of this rare autoimmune disease, experts speaking at a continuing education session for a day at the organized lupus at KIMS Hospital said city.
“Systemic lupus erythematosus” – commonly known as Lupus affects 1 in 1000 so it is a rare disease that mainly affects women. Nine of the 10 patients with lupus are women 15 to 45 years of age. The deadly disease has a varied presentation among patients of very frequent symptoms, such as a butterfly-marked rash when exposed to sunlight, excessive fatigue, hair loss, severe manifestations such as paralysis, heart attack, Recurrent abortions when it affects organs.
The fact that there is very little lupus even in medical books makes diagnosis difficult. “There is no awareness of lupus disease not only among the general population but also among those in the medical community. As it is not included in course textbooks, teachers are physicians unable to identify the signs. If lupus is not diagnosed in time, it can prove to be life-threatening. Because patients have multiorgan involvement, they consult with respective specialists in accordance with the leading system organ affected to an inadequate diagnosis, “said Dr Sharat V Chandramouli, director of clinical, rheumatology and clinical immunology, KIMS hospital.
During the daily event, aspects such as how to identify patients with lupus in the early stages, symptoms and manifestations of common organs, treatment options available and the last existing, how lupus differs in discussed presentation in adults And the pediatric population. About 200 delegates from various parts of the state attended the event.