Children with Lupus Have More Lethal Form of Kidney Disease

Vigilant monitoring, aggressive treatment recommended

Kidney disease caused by the autoimmune disease lupus may be twice as lethal in children as kidney disease caused by other disorders, according to research led by Johns Hopkins Children’s Center investigators.

The findings, published online in the journal Pediatric Nephrology, are based on analysis of records of more than 98,000 children and adults with various forms of end-stage kidney disease (ESKD).