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The immune system is designed to attack foreign substances in the body. If you have lupus, something goes wrong with your immune system and it attacks healthy cells and tissues. This can damage many parts of the body such as the joints, heart, lungs, blood vessels and brain. There are many kinds of lupus but the most common type is systemic lupus erythematosus. Anyone can get lupus, but it most often affects women. Lupus is also more common in women of African American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American descent than in Caucasian women. The clinicians in the Rheumatology Center are both nationally and internationally recognized for their experience in the management of all forms of lupus.