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Potential Lupus Diagnosis Hits Kim Kardashian

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While the reality television show Keeping Up With The Kardashians tends to profile the overly dramatic lifestyle of the rich and famous Kardashian clan (and their high-profile significant others), a recent episode featured a lupus health scare for Kim Kardashian West.

After suffering from some weird symptoms (nausea, exhaustion, and swollen hands), Kim went to see her doctor. Upon getting blood work done, her family physician relayed the news that she tested positive for rheumatoid arthritis antibodies and lupus.

As viewers witnessed Kim break down, her doctor also provided a glimmer of hope, stating that a false positive is a possibility, and a follow up exam was scheduled. Fans need to stay tuned to find out what will happen next, and the results are sure to air later on this season.

According to the Lupus Foundation of America, approximately 1.5 million across the United States suffer from Lupus, with 90 percent of that number being females. An autoimmune condition, lupus occurs when the body’s antibodies directed against cells in differing areas, which ultimately causes organ and tissue inflammation. It can affect a person’s kidneys, heart, joints and bones, eyes, skin, and other areas.

While signs do vary from case to case, symptoms include: body aches, joint swelling or pain, stomach pains, skin rashes, nausea, and at times, even mouth ulcers. Fatigue is also a common sign of the condition.

Meanwhile, ABC reported that rheumatoid arthritis has similar signs to lupus, including fever and fatigue, but stiffness and pain in multiple joints are the more common symptoms. It also happens to be an autoimmune illness, as well. Due to the number of rheumatoid antibodies, and the fact that some can be quite sensitive, false positives are prevalent. As such, autoimmune conditions can be hard to test, and require more than one testing option. At times, a tissue biopsy might even be needed for an organ that is affected.

Regardless, here’s hoping that everything turns out to be okay for Kim, or that she is diagnosed early enough for an effective treatment plan. At the end of the day, she could be diagnosed with lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, or another (less serious) illness for that matter; as the symptoms she is suffering from can be present in other conditions.