How lupus affects the blood

Lupus Foundation of America

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Blood is made up of many different parts, but those that are most often affected by lupus are the red blood cells, the white blood cells, and the platelets. Blood disorders are common in lupus.

The main issues having to do with lupus and the blood are:
  • Anemia: low hemoglobin or red blood cells
  • Thrombosis: excess blood clotting
  • Blood transfusions
  • Bone marrow testing

Hematologists, who are specialists in blood disorders, are often involved in the evaluation and treatment of individuals with lupus.

Dr. Michael Rosove

is a Medical Oncologist in Los Angeles, CA and a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California-Los Angeles, School of Medicine.

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