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Practical management of pregnancy in systemic lupus erythematosus

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  10 October 2008

Neil MM Buchanan
Affiliation:
Lupus Arthritis Research Unit, St Thomas Hospital, London, UK.
Munther Khamashta
Affiliation:
Lupus Arthritis Research Unit, St Thomas Hospital, London, UK.
Sian Kerslake
Affiliation:
Lupus Arthritis Research Unit, St Thomas Hospital, London, UK.
Beverley J Hunt
Affiliation:
Lupus Arthritis Research Unit, St Thomas Hospital, London, UK.
Graham RV Hughes
Affiliation:
Lupus Arthritis Research Unit, St Thomas Hospital, London, UK.

Extract

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a multi-system disorder belonging to the connective tissue group of diseases characterized by circulating non-organ-specific autoantibodies. Its incidence may be increasing and, as milder cases are recognized, it is becoming a condition likely to be encountered in many medical settings. The peak onset is during the child-bearing years when the sex ratio approaches 13:1 in favour of females. Fertility rates are normal and hence pregnancy becomes a common management problem in this group of patients.

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