Lupus Fact Sheet

Symptoms of Lupus
Although lupus can affect any part of the body, most people experience symptoms in only a few organs. The table below lists the most common symptoms experienced by people with lupus. Symptoms can be acute (come on suddenly) or be mild and develop gradually over an extended period of time.

SYMPTOMS PERCENTAGE OF OCCURRENCE
Achy joints (arthralgia) 95%
Fever more than 100 degrees F (38 degrees C) 90%
Arthritis (swollen joints) 90%
Prolonged or extreme fatigue 81%
Skin rashes 74%
Anemia 71%
Kidney involvement 50%
Pain in the chest on deep breathing (pleurisy) 45%
Butterfly-shaped rash across the cheeks and nose 42%
Sun or light sensitivity (photosensitivity) 30%
Hair loss 27%
Abnormal blood clotting problems 20%
Fingers turning white and/or blue in the cold 16%
Seizures 15%
Mouth or nose ulcers 12%

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