Many autoimmune diseases have a female predominance. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) are no exception. Both of these diseases can affect young women in their reproductive years, but little is known about the impact of RA and SLE on a woman’s opinion regarding pregnancy or, further, how this translates into family planning.
Kidney involvement in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE, lupus) is an important predictor of and contributor to morbidity and mortality from lupus. The approach to treatment for lupus nephritis is that of an induction phase of therapy (with cyclophosphamide vs mycophenolate mofetil) followed by long-term maintenance therapy. However, the optimal agent for chronic immunosuppression to prevent relapse or worsening of renal SLE is unknown.
Antioxidants may protect tissues against damage, reduce systemic inflammation, and modulate antigen presentation by inflammatory cells. However, no large-scale investigation on whether dietary and/or supplement intake of antioxidants is protective […]
Changes in disease activity during pregnancy and the peri-partum period have long been recognized features of systemic autoimmune disease. Moreover, as certain autoimmune diseases, such as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) […]
by Michelle Petri, M.D., M.P.H. Introduction Risk of Miscarriage Risk of Preterm Birth & Intrauterine Growth Retardation Maternal Risks Management and Monitoring Summary Selected References Introduction Because lupus is a disease […]