Rabat, Morocco (TMT)- On World Lupus Day, the Moroccan Coalition for Rare Diseases and the Moroccan Association for Autoimmune and Systemic Diseases have raised concerns about the dangers of Lupus, an autoimmune disease that affects 5 million people globally and is a leading cause of death among young women in Morocco.
Lupus is a chronic condition with a range of symptoms, such as fever, weight loss, fatigue, joint and muscle pain, vision problems, depression, and skin rashes.
One of the most significant symptoms is sensitivity to sunlight, affecting 80% of patients, resulting in large red spots on the face, cheeks, and nose shaped like a butterfly. The severity of the disease varies between individuals and can be dormant for years until a severe crisis occurs, which may lead to organ failures such as brain or lung bleeding, or kidney failure, especially during pregnancy or immediately after.
Early diagnosis is crucial, and this can be achieved through biological tests that detect autoantibodies produced by the immune system and directed against the body’s organs.
The Moroccan Times.