Although medical rarity has become known by all thanks to Dr. House, the fact is that lupus is the systemic autoimmune disease with the greatest impact in the general population. It is estimated that it can affect one of every 1,000-2,000 people, so we could be talking about a total of 40,000 affected throughout Spain. It especially affects young women and can cause serious damage to organs such as the kidneys, heart, lungs or nervous system.
Lupus is a condition with a lot of clinical, prognostic and therapeutic variability, which sometimes leads to delays in its diagnosis. For this reason, and in order to unify medical criteria in order to improve and accelerate the diagnosis and to establish an adequate treatment for the patient, the Group of Systemic Autoimmune Diseases (GEAS) of the Spanish Society of Internal Medicine (SEMI) has presented the Guide of Clinical Practice on Systemic Lupus Erythematosus 2011
The Group of Systemic Autoimmune Diseases (GEAS) of the SEMI launched in 2005 the creation of a preferred line of research in SLE, led by Dr. Juan Jiménez-Alonso, head of the Internal Medicine service of the Virgen de las Nieves Hospital from Granada. Its objective was to bring together in a common forum the internists dedicated to the management of patients with lupus, and to promote networking with the creation of national patient registries, excellent training programs and clinical and translational research projects. The main results obtained have focused on the characterization of the disease at the national level, with the start-up of a registry of new cases diagnosed throughout Spain (RELES, coordinated by Dr. Guillermo Ruiz-Irastorza) and the analysis of the results obtained in more than 250 serious cases treated with the new biological therapies (BIOGEAS registry) in collaboration with the most prestigious working groups (Systemic Lupus International Collaborative Clinics, SLICC) and international reference centers (St Thomas' Hospital, University College of London, University of Leeds, Cambridge University).