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Pediatric Lupus

Lupus is an autoimmune disease in which your child’s immune system creates autoantibodies that can attack healthy tissue, causing inflammation and damage to various parts of your child’s body, including skin, joints, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart, lungs, and other organs. 
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Your child may experience hair loss, mouth sores, rashes, water gain, or easy bruising. Lupus is a chronic condition that often lasts for many years. There is no cure. During times when the lupus flares, your child may feel more ill. During times of remission, the symptoms may improve and he or she will feel better.

Our Approach

Physicians see children with lupus at the Pediatric Specialty Care Explorer Clinic, where a multidisciplinary team evaluates your child’s symptoms and creates a unique plan for care. Physicians also may coordinate with specialists at the Lupus Clinic at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, as well as with experts in a wide range of pediatric specialties. Our goal is to control your child’s lupus symptoms, reduce any inflammation, prevent flares, and minimize any organ damage.

Your child will also benefit from our physicians’ active involvement in clinical and translational research to apply the latest discoveries in science to the practice of medicine. We continually seek advanced treatments, as well as cures, for diseases such as lupus.

Call your preferred location to schedule an appointment or submit an online request.