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What Is Lupus? Know The Signs And Symptoms

Facts about one medical condition that's tough to pin down.

In 2017, pop star Selena Gomez revealed that she had undergone a kidney transplant. Gomez was in need of a transplant due to complications from lupus, a chronic disease in which an individual’s body attacks its own organs.

Gomez is hardly alone in her struggle. The disease affects 1.5 million people in the United States. So what do you need to know about this debilitating condition that impacts so many? Read on to get the facts on this prevalent disease.

What Is Lupus Exactly?

According to the National Resource Center on Lupus, it is a chronic autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body, including the skin, joints and organs.

Serious complications can arise from the disease, including problems with major organs such as the heart, brain and central nervous system, the lungs, the blood and blood vessels, and the kidneys. In fact, kidney failure is one of the leading causes of death among people with lupus.