Systematic Lupus Erythematosus in Children Analytical Essay by Nicky

Systematic Lupus Erythematosus in Children
Looks at a specific case of SLE (systematic lupus erythematosus) in an eleven-year-old girl, Sarah.
# 149340 | 1,645 words | 3 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Dec 07, 2011 in Medical and Health (Medical Studies) , Child, Youth Issues (General)

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This paper underscores that one of the most important elements of promoting a positive treatment outcome for children is getting an early diagnosis of SLE (systematic lupus erythematosus), and yet this diagnosis is difficult especially in children even though it is a relatively common disorder. Next, the author relates how Sarah was diagnosed, the problems created by her SLE and the requirements for her lifelong treatment. The paper stresses that Sarah and her parents must understand that lupus is a serious, chronic, sometimes fatal condition but many individuals with lupus live happy, health, and productive lives.

From the Paper:

"Sarah herself must gain a sense of control over her disorder, and the psychological difficulties of confronting a life with a chronic illness must be acknowledged by those around her as well as the physical complaints of lupus. The depression that a diagnosis can often cause is manifest in Sarah's comments, "oh it's just another one of my headaches. I probably have a brain tumor like my friend Kim." Children with SLE may often experience depression because of their severe fatigue and difficulties in school. A nurse must convey the importance of positive self-care to Sarah and the ability to manage her illness while being realistic. Sarah's slightly low blood pressure and high pulse indicates nervousness and anxiety as well as a manifestation of her condition. The nurse should also be willing and open to talk about how illness has affected other people in Sarah's life, like her friend Kim and make Sarah see the differences between her condition and Kim's.
"Another reason for misdiagnosis of children with lupus is that the early symptoms of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) are often vague and can be attributed to a number of causes. They may include anemia, bruising, fatigue, fever, and weight loss. Systemic lupus "is extremely varied in the way it starts...all of these findings may be caused by many different diseases""

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Lehman, Thomas J. A. (2002, Fall). Early diagnosis of SLE in childhood. Lupus News. 22.3. Retrieved June 29, 2009 at
  • Levy, Deborah, Stacy P. Ardoin, Laura E. Schanberg (2009). Neurocognitive impairment in children and adolescents with SLE: Cognitive development in healthy children and adolescents. Nat Clin Pract Rheumatol CME. 5(2)
  • Lupus (2009). Arthritis foundation. Retrieved June 29, 2009 at
  • Lupus. (2009). Children's Hospital of Boston. Retrieved June 29, 2009 at

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