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Selena Gomez Brings Attention To Organ Donor Need And Fact That Lupus Is More Common In Young Women

Forbes—September 15, 2017

Forbes reported that celebrity Selena Gomez underwent a kidney transplant due to complications from lupus. HSS rheumatologist Kyriakos A. Kirou, MD, DSc, FACP, who did not treat Gomez, said in an interview that lupus-associated kidney disease is called nephritis, and it usually develops in people with more severe forms of lupus.

According to the article, Dr. Kirou noted that up to 50 percent of those with lupus develop kidney disease, and up to one in five of them will eventually need a transplant, sometimes because they weren't optimally treated with drugs to suppress the immune system's attack on the kidneys.

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