The Early and Late Manifestations of Lupus
Recently, we came across the headline in Miami Herald reading, “She traveled to Honduras to visit relatives. Now she’s lying in a Miami hospital bed”. As soon as we read such headlines, what comes to our mind is a whole array of infectious diseases, from dengue to malaria, various heard and unheard tropical infections and parasitic diseases. We have all been cautioned about the risks of catching such infections while visiting tropical paradises of Latin America.
This is a story of a 12-year-old Hispanic girl, who was flown back to the US with a life-threatening condition. She had a swollen tummy and red spots all over her body, having difficulty in breathing, and problems with the heart. It really looked that she had caught some serious, rare kind of tropical infection, which the local doctors in Honduras failed to understand. But all pre-assumptions were proved wrong when she was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder called lupus and associated acute kidney disease.