Pregnancy Risks Higher for Blacks With Lupus

African-American women with lupus are at increased risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes, even before they are diagnosed with the disease, a retrospective study found. Adverse outcomes occurred in 51.7% of pregnancies among African-American women with confirmed systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and in 34.4% of pregnancies among women who subsequently were diagnosed, compared with 19.1% of pregnancies among controls, according to Diane L. Kamen, MD, and colleagues from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Medical University of South Carolina Clinical and Translational Science Award.

Source: MedPage Today
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