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We retrospectively analysed the data of 1519 antiphospholipid antibody (APLA) positive patients between 1986 and 1999. Among them 637 were considered to have antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) based on the 1999 preliminary classification criteria, while 704 patients had no clinical signs of the...
Lupus nephritis remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus. Although the renal prognosis has improved, the optimal therapeutic regime has not been definitively established, and significant challenges remain in the management of disease...
Mitral valve prolapse (MVP) has been reported to be associated with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). The aim of the present study was to determine the prevalence of MVP in SLE patients, assess its clinical significance and examine the possible association of this entity with other autoimmune...
A 46-year-old woman with systemic lupus erythematosus(SLE) and concomitant severe pulmonary hypertension (PH) is described. Other secondary causes of PH including thromboembolism, phospholipid syndrome, valvular disease and interstitial pulmonary involvement were ruled out. Owing to her lack of...
Renal disease is very common in patientswith systemic lupus erythematosis(SLE) and it may emerge during pregnancy or the post-partumperiod. Patients with anti-phospholipidsyndrome (APS) are also at risk of renal disease.We present a case of acute renal failure in the post-partumperiod in a...
The benefit of combining quinacrine (Qn) with hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) in the treatment of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) was previously re-evaluated by us. In our current study we observed that, in 11 active SLE patients (SLEDAI score 5 - 12), the addition of Qn (100 mg=day) to their...
To determine whether the serum levels of anti-double strand DNA (anti-dsDNA) autoantibodies detected using a newly developed fluorescence immunoassay (FIA) in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) correlated more with clinical parameters, such as SLE disease activity index (SLEDAI),...
An assessment of prevalence for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) has been attempted for the population of far north Queensland in Australia. This huge area has a majority Caucasian population living in a tropical environment. Roughly 10% of the population comprizes people of Australian...
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