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24 Jul 2008

Organ donation and Lupus

I was diagnosed with SLE about a year ago. I have heard varying opinions on whether I can donate organs/blood.
My count is very low, the reumatologist doubts my organs will ever be affected: all I have is the arthralgea and fatigue.

Is there a limit of the antibodies in your blood to be able to donate?

I hope this makes sense
Answer 2,688 views

01 Jan 0001

Hi Guppie
SLE is an autoimmune disease and it does affect your organs in some or other way. One would not want to give a patient with organe failure another organ that could cause problems in future. However, you can probably donate coreas and skin and bone!
Due to medications used for lupus ( cortisone and immune suppressants) some people's blood would not be suitable, giving regular blood may worsen lupus and you may not be able physically to tolerate regular blood donations - so blood banks will not advise lupus patients to donate.
Dr Bets
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