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Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)

Author: Dana Bartlett, RN, MA, MSN

Duration: 4 hours

Course Summary

Systemic lupus erythematosus is a rare autoimmune disease, chronic in nature, which primarily affects women of childbearing age. Systemic lupus erythematosus can cause damage to essentially every organ system, and the pathogenesis of this disease is a complex, and incompletely understood process involving genetic, environmental, and immunologic factors. Episodic flares and remission are characteristic of the disease. Understanding how to prevent and treat flares when they occur helps people with systemic lupus erythematosus maintain better health. Pharmacological treatments and prevention as well as lifestyle changes such as cessation of smoking, diet and exercise are discussed.

Course Format

Homestudy

Course Syllabus

I.              Introduction

II.           Epidemiology And Pathogenesis Of SLE

III.         Clinical Presentation Of SLE

IV.          Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Disease Progression

1. SLE and Pregnancy

V.            Diagnosis Of SLE

VI.          Pharmacological Treatment Of SLE

1.   Antimalarials

2.   Glucocorticoids

3.   Immunosuppressive Drugs

4.   Biologic Agents

5.   Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatories

6.   Pharmacological Treatment During Pregnancy

VII.       Prevention: Self-Care And Lifestyle

1.   Dietary Interventions

2.   Exercise

3.   Smoking Cessation

4.   Sunlight Avoidance

5.   Vitamin D Supplementation

VIII.     Coping And Support For SLE Patients

IX.          Summary

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