Lupus -or to give its full name - Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) –– is a long-term condition causing inflammation to the joints, skin and other organs. There's no cure, but symptoms can improve if treatment starts early. One of the serious consequences can be kidney failure.
DR Joyce Popoola & Dr Arvind Kaul from St George's discuss lupus and the kidneys.


  • joint pain and stiffness
  • extreme tiredness that won't go away no matter how much you rest
  • skin rashes – often over the nose and cheeks

As well as the 3 main symptoms, you might also have:

  • weight loss
  • swollen glands
  • sensitivity to light (causing rashes on uncovered skin)
  • poor circulation in fingers and toes (Raynaud's)

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