What are the Medical Challenges?
What are the medical challenges of lupus? Lupus is a complex disease, and each patient has her or his own unique set of symptoms, so treatment must be tailored accordingly. However, having access to quality healthcare can be challenging; there are only approximately 5,000 rheumatologists in the United States and 1.5 million or more people with lupus. Also, although lupus has been recognized as a disease since the 19th century, there has been only one new drug to treat it in the last 50 years. Other treatments are often “borrowed” from other diseases, and many have significant and sometimes serious side effects.