Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) or Lupus in short, is an auto-immune disease that causes the immune system to attack healthy tissue. This produces inflammation in different parts of the body resulting in pain and swelling. Lupus can also affect the skin, heart, lungs, nervous system, kidneys and blood and in particular the immune system. Patients may be severe enough to require kidney dialysis and some die if the illness is not well controlled.
Lupus Association (Singapore) formed in 1991, is a self-help group dedicated to support lupus patients and their care-givers by providing practical support, patient education and the opportunity to share experiences with fellow lupus patients.