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OBJECTIVE To study the predictive factors for avascular necrosis (AVN) of bone in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). METHOD The records of 38 SLE patients who developed clinically apparent AVN during the course of their disease were reviewed. Information on clinical presentation, corticosteroid usage and autoantibody profiles was obtained,(More)
Systemic lupus erythematosus is a complex and potentially fatal autoimmune disease, characterized by autoantibody production and multi-organ damage. By a genome-wide association study (320 patients and 1,500 controls) and subsequent replication altogether involving a total of 3,300 Asian SLE patients from Hong Kong, Mainland China, and Thailand, as well as(More)
In this study, we compared the association of several newly discovered susceptibility genes for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) between populations of European origin and two Asian populations. Using 910 SLE patients and 1440 healthy controls from Chinese living in Hong Kong, and 278 SLE patients and 383 controls in Thailand, we studied association of(More)
The aims were to study the gender differences in clinical manifestations, disease course and organ damage in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Clinical manifestations, autoantibody profile, relapses and damage scores were obtained from 51 Chinese males with SLE and compared with 201 consecutive female SLE controls. Fifty-one males were identified among(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the life expectancy, standardized mortality ratios (SMRs), and causes of death in 6 groups of patients from Hong Kong with different rheumatic diseases. METHODS Patients with a diagnosis of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), ankylosing spondylitis (AS), psoriatic arthritis (PsA), systemic vasculitis (SV),(More)
OBJECTIVE To study the genetic association of interleukin-10 (IL-10) promoter polymorphisms in Southern Chinese patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), and to investigate possible associations with clinical manifestations of the disease. METHODS DNA was extracted from 88 Chinese patients with SLE and 83 ethnically matched controls. The IL-10(More)
We conducted the current study to determine the clinical determinants of survival and the survival rates in an unselected cohort of Chinese patients with new-onset systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), including all age-groups. Patients were those newly diagnosed as having SLE or referred within 6 months of diagnosis to the departments of medicine,(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the incidence of ovarian failure after cyclophosphamide (CYC) treatment for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and to identify the risk factors for this complication. METHODS The records of 70 premenopausal female SLE patients treated with CYC were reviewed retrospectively. Information on demographic features, autoantibody profiles,(More)
OBJECTIVE To study the neuropsychiatric (NP) manifestations in a large cohort of southern Chinese patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) according to the new 1999 American College of Rheumatology (ACR) case definitions and their clinical associations. METHOD Patients with SLE who were followed from 1984 to 2000 were retrospectively reviewed.(More)
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a fairly common rheumatic disease among southern Chinese in Hong Kong, with an estimated point prevalence of 0.06% (0.1% among women). Compared with the Caucasians, renal disease and the anti-Ro antibody appear to be more common in our SLE patients. Whether these are related to certain genetic or environment factors(More)