Kim Kardashian fears she has life-threatening illness Lupus in new Keeping Up With The Kardashians season 17 trailer

KIM Kardashian fears she is suffering with the debilitating and life-threatening condition Lupus.

Kim, 38, made the confession in the trailer for the new series of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, telling doctors she "feels it in her bones".

In scenes yet to be aired, the US star can be seen sitting in a hospital chair while undergoing a scan on her wrist.

Kim can be heard saying: "I feel this in my bones. I probably have Lupus."

The trailer then cuts to Kim crying at home while talking to her mum, Kris Jenner.

Looking concerned, Kris tells her daughter: "Stay positive until we get some results."

What is lupus?

  • Symptoms of lupus include rashes from sunlight/UV, including butterfly-shaped rash across cheeks, joint and muscle aches/pains, extreme fatigue, flu-like symptoms, depression and internal organ problems
  • Triggers include puberty, menopause, childbirth, viral infections, sunlight, trauma or medication
  • Treatment includes hydroxychloroquine tablets
  • Tips for handling lupus day-to-day include avoiding over exertion and getting plenty of rest, avoid exposure to sunlight or fluorescent lights and trying to avoid stress or anger.

Lupus is an autoimmune disease that causes areas of inflammation in various areas of the body.

While many people find they can lead a relatively normal life, in severe cases it can cause kidney failure and heart attacks, sometimes even resulting in death.

US actress and singer Selena Gomez was diagnosed with the disease in 2015.

The former Disney star later went on to have a kidney transplant after experiencing Lupus-related organ damage.

It is not yet know what the outcome of Kim's medical tests were, although it is likely to be revealed in the new series of KUWTK, which launches this weekend.

Kim has always spoken openly about her health issues in the past, including her ongoing battle with psoriasis – another autoimmune disease, albeit not as severe as Lupus.

The condition causes red, blotchy and scaly patches all over the skin.

But the star has been praised for her honesty about the sore and itchy condition.

In response to one Instagram post about her psoriasis, one fan wrote: "I actually really appreciate that Kim Kardashian talks about her psoriasis so publicly. It makes me feel loads better about it."

Another added: "You know what, I applaud Kim K for speaking openly & showing her psoriasis."

Series 17 of Keeping Up With The Kardashians premieres in the US on September 8, 2019.

UK fans will be able to catch up a week later on E! or on Now TV.

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