Lupus

This auto-immune disease attacks multiple systems, including the joints, blood and organs such as the kidneys. Symptoms can also include fatigue, rash, mouth ulcers and hair loss. Because symptoms are broad, vary from person to person and often come and go, it can be hard to diagnose and treat lupus.

We're proud to have a specialized pediatric rheumatology team, with experts at diagnosing and treating children with lupus and other auto-immune disorders. Our doctors will also coordinate with other specialists at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in radiology, orthopedics, nephrology, immunology, palliative care and rehabilitation to provide comprehensive care to your child.

Treatments for Lupus

Although the cause of lupus is unknown, it usually occurs in kids with genetic susceptibility and exposed to environmental triggers, such as ultra-violet radiation. Most people with lupus are diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 44, though symptoms and diagnosis may occur much earlier.

There currently isn't a cure for lupus, but the symptoms can be controlled. Our pediatric rheumatologists will work with you and other specialists on a plan to prevent flare-ups in your child.

Biologics
These new drugs are called “biologics” because they’re made from active biological material, rather than chemical compounds. Many are monoclonal antibodies, or drugs that behave like human antibodies trained to attack a specific threat to the immune system. Some of these medications are given through skin injections or intravenous infusion. Patients have access to the top-notch on-site infusion center.

Non-Biological Disease Modifying Ant-Rheumatic Drugs (DMARDs)
Different chemical treatments, such as low dose Methotrexate, may be needed to control a child’s JIA.

Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
Using prescription medicine can be an effective treatment for JIA. Our team continues to monitor children and perform routine follow-ups (often every 2-3 months).

Work With Pediatric Colleagues
Because of the link to the kidneys and blood, our expert rheumatologists consult with other pediatric specialists like kidney doctors to build the best treatment plan.