OKC-based Progentec Diagnostics refines test to predict future lupus flaresPublished: Monday, May 6, 2019 By: Jim Stafford Source: NewsOK
Five patients are waiting to see their doctor, each displaying different symptoms. One has a bright rash on her face. Another is suffering from arthritis. Still another has kidney failure, while the fourth patient suffers from heart problems and the fifth is fatigued all the time.
Turns out, they all suffer from lupus, which afflicts as many as 1.5 million Americans and 5 million worldwide. Lupus is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks its own tissue and organs.
“You could have five lupus patients sitting in a waiting room talking about their disease and they would have no idea they have the same disease because it presents differently with different patients,” said Melissa Munroe, M.D., Ph.D., a researcher with the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF).