At NYU Langone, doctors who specialize in treating autoimmune diseases—conditions in which the immune system mistakenly attacks parts of the body—are experts at diagnosing systemic lupus erythematosus, commonly known as lupus, which mostly affects women of childbearing age. This complex condition causes inflammation and tissue damage throughout the body, affecting the blood, blood vessels, joints, kidneys, heart, lungs, skin, or nervous system. The inflammation can lead to a variety of mild to severe symptoms, including fatigue, painful and swollen joints, and skin rashes.
Our doctors have helped thousands of people to manage the symptoms of lupus. NYU Langone experts are part of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention initiative to better understand the impact of systemic lupus erythematosus, and our doctors offer access to clinical trials for new therapies at the Lupus Center.
Specialists at NYU Langone treat the flare-ups of lupus with a variety of medications and lifestyle changes designed to ease symptoms.