Lupus, an autoimmune disorder, is often known as “the great imitator” because it can resemble and mimic many other diseases and conditions.
Lupus causes inflammation in the skin, joints and blood vessels and comes with symptoms that can include nearly anything from a skin rash to neurologic problems. This complex array of symptoms can make it hard for doctors to recognize lupus, meaning that people with lupus may suffer for years without a correct diagnosis.
“Lupus patients are like snowflakes,” says Yale Medicine rheumatologist Fotios Koumpouras, MD. “No two people are quite alike, and neither are the ways in which they experience the disease.”
Yale Medicine has specialists who not only have expertise in diagnosing and treating lupus, but are also at the forefront of research into this complex medical condition.