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The objective of this study was to determine the vitamin D status and its relationship with disease and therapy features and with bone mineral density in women with systemic lupus erythematosus. Non-pregnant systemic lupus erythematosus women with dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry and vitamin D...
Infections are an important cause of morbidity and mortality in systemic lupus erythematosus. We aimed to determine the incidence and characteristics of infections in patients hospitalized because of systemic lupus erythematosus, and to identify which factors influence their outcome. The medical...
The genes of killer cell immunoglobulin-like receptors (KIRs), which are involved in the activation of T cells and natural killer cells, are highly variable. In recent years, the role of KIRs in autoimmune diseases has received increasing attention. The present study was undertaken to determine...
Patients with systemic lupus erythematosus often assess their disease activity differently from their physicians. We studied the factors associated with this discordance. The data provided by 534 systemic lupus erythematosus patients were analyzed. We compared the physician and patient...
The aim of our study was to determine whether the SLEDAI-2K calculated using a timeframe of 30 days prior to a visit for clinical and laboratory variables was equivalent to the prescribed 10-day period. One hundred forty nine consecutive lupus patients seen over 9 weeks at the University of...
We developed a brief, new health-related quality of life measure for children with systemic lupus erythematosus that is valid in English for the United States, called Simple Measure of Impact of Lupus Erythematosus in Youngsters© (SMILEY©). The United States-English language questionnaire may...
Our objective was to evaluate the relevance of traditional and disease-related cardiovascular risk factors and of bone mineral density for premature coronary artery calcification in young patients with systemic lupus erythematosus. Ninety-four female patients with systemic lupus erythematosus...
The objective of this study was to compare oxidative status and homocysteinemia in patients with lupus nephritis (LN) and in controls. Total antioxidant capacity (TAC), reactive oxygen species (ROS), homocysteine and related vitamins were measured in 68 patients with LN and in 50 controls. LN...
Genetic complete deficiency of the early complement components such as C1, C2 and C4 commonly results in a monogenetic form of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). However, previous studies have examined groups of complete complement deficient subjects for SLE, while a familial SLE cohort has not...
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