Lupus is a disease in which the body's immune system attacks its own normal cells. This is a similar way in which the body uses the immune system to fight an infection.
Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that can affect many different parts of the body. Lupus begins when the immune system attacks normal tissue, causing chronic inflammation and tissue damage. We still do not know what causes the formation of the antibodies that cause the problem. It is probably due to a combination of genetic, hormonal and environmental factors. Some of the possible triggers include:
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Last reviewed: August 2018