Extracted from text ... MEDIFILE
The focus of this Medifile article is systemic lupus erythematosus,
also known as SLE, which is another uncommon
chronic disease to which prescribed minimum benefits are
applicable. For the algorithm for SLE please see
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic, inflammatory
disease affecting the skin, joints, kidneys, lungs, nervous
system, serous membranes and/or other organs.
Dysfunction of the immune system has been suggested as
the cause of SLE. Adverse reaction to certain drugs may
cause a lupus-like syndrome. Women are affected more frequently
than men. Diagnosis is based on physical examination
and laboratory ..
Extracted from text ... 304 CME May 2003 Vol.22 No.5
BY THE WAY
With the attention paid to getting people to kick the smoking
habit generally, particularly during May, which is antitobacco
campaign month in South Africa, perhaps we
should be looking at another cause of excess mortality and
morbidity - alcohol. At the recent GP congress in Cape
Town, an occasional smoker (a fellow doctor) told me that
she was fed up with the amount of attention paid to smoking,
when alcohol abuse caused at least as many problems.
She certainly has a point.
Alcohol is a definite cause of social and health ..