Rituximab is an effective treatment for lupus nephritis and allows a reduction in maintenance steroids.

@article{Pepper2009RituximabIA,
  title={Rituximab is an effective treatment for lupus nephritis and allows a reduction in maintenance steroids.},
  author={Ruth J. Pepper and Megan Griffith and Chris Kirwan and Jeremy B. Levy and David Taube and Charles Dickson Pusey and Liz B Lightstone and Tom D H Cairns},
  journal={Nephrology, dialysis, transplantation : official publication of the European Dialysis and Transplant Association - European Renal Association},
  year={2009},
  volume={24 12},
  pages={3717-23}
}
BACKGROUND Lupus nephritis is a life-threatening complication of SLE. Treatment regimes include steroids and cyclophosphamide, both associated with significant morbidity. Newer regimes include mycophenolate mofetil (MMF). We report our outcomes in a prospectively monitored cohort of patients receiving our new standard treatment protocol, comprising rituximab induction therapy and MMF maintenance in patients already taking maintenance immunosuppression for SLE who developed lupus nephritis. We… CONTINUE READING
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