Surgery is not used to treat mild or moderate
lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE). Surgery
may be considered for people with lupus who have permanent, life-threatening
kidney damage. A kidney transplant or kidney
dialysis may be done instead of continuing long-term
treatment with high doses of medicines that have serious side effects.
If kidney disease from lupus does not respond
corticosteroids and other immunosuppressive
dialysis or transplant are reasonable
For unknown reasons, overall lupus disease activity is
often less severe during dialysis and after kidney transplant.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
May 07, 2010
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