Lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus) is a chronic disease that can affect almost any organ in the body. People with mild lupus may only have skin rashes and/or joint pain. In more severe lupus patients, important organs like the kidneys, heart, blood vessels, lungs, gastrointestinal tract, and brain can be involved. 

Physicians and researchers at National Jewish Health are working hard to learn more about the causes, treatment and prevention of lupus. The goal of treatment is to control inflammation and prevent damage to vital organs.

Lupus research here and around the world investigates genetics, immunology, environmental triggers and new medicines. Because of past research advances, most people with lupus are leading active lives. We are hopeful that current research will provide an even brighter future for people with lupus and other autoimmune diseases.

 

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Rheumatoid Arthritis & Interstitial Lung Disease Medication

Do you have rheumatoid arthritis and interstitial lung disease (RA-ILD)? You may be able to help our researchers determine if people with RA-ILD can benefit from a medication called Pirfenidone, which has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF).

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Reasons to Choose National Jewish Health

  • The leading respiratory hospital in the nation and the only one devoted fully to the treatment of respiratory and related illnesses
  • Ranked as one of the top two hospitals in pulmonology every year since U.S. News & World Report included this category in its annual “Best Hospitals” survey
  • Ranked in the top 1 percent of hospitals in the nation by HCAHPS
  • Physicians consistently recognized among the best in the nation by multiple services, including Best Doctors in America and Castle Connolly
  • Among the top 6 percent of organizations funded for research by the NIH, providing patients access to more than 300 active clinical trials
  • 121-year history of focus on care, research and education serving thousands of patients with lung, heart, immune and related disorders