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Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

SLE is an inflammatory disease of connective tissue, which affects several organic systems. It is characterized by the production of antibodies against components of the body itself that can cause damage to various organs.

SLE affects 0.07% of the Portuguese, typically women of reproductive age. The onset of the disease occurs between 16 and 49 years of age in about 75% of cases.

SLE is a disease of unknown cause. However, studies suggest that its etiology is multifactorial, in which genetic, hormonal, immunological and environmental factors are involved. Sun exposure seems to play a crucial role in triggering the disease and also in triggering exacerbations.



Patients with SLE have a variety of clinical manifestations that can differ dramatically from patient to patient. In most cases (90%) skin and/or joint manifestations are present. Some patients may have more severe manifestations, such as kidney involvement (37%) or neuropsychiatric changes (18%).



The treatment of SLE is complex and depends on clinical manifestations and its activity.

Objectives of a rehabilitation program:

  • Improving mobility and joint movement

  • Relief from pain and inflammation

  • General physical reconditioning

  • Teaching and counselling of support products (orthotics, splints, etc.)

  • Return to work activities , daily life and sports activities  

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