Why Does My Lupus Cause My Legs To Swell?

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Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) can cause complications throughout the body.

Complications of the Blood

Almost 85% of patients with SLE experience problems associated with abnormalities in the blood.

Anemia. About half of patients with SLE are anemic. Causes include:

  • Iron deficiencies resulting from excessive menstruation
  • Iron deficiencies from gastro-intestinal bleeding caused by some of the treatments
  • A specific anemia called hemolytic anemia, which destroys red blood cells
  • Anemia of...
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