Steroid hormones and disease activity during pregnancy in systemic lupus erythematosus.

  title={Steroid hormones and disease activity during pregnancy in systemic lupus erythematosus.},
  author={Andrea Doria and Maurizio Cutolo and Anna Ghirardello and Sandra Zampieri and Francesca Vescovi and Alberto Sulli and Massimo Giusti and Antonio Luis Piccoli and Pasquale V Grella and Pier Franca Gambari},
  journal={Arthritis and rheumatism},
  volume={47 2},
OBJECTIVES To analyze the variation of steroid hormone levels during pregnancy in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Moreover, to investigate whether, during gestation, there is any relationship between steroid concentration and SLE activity. METHODS Seventeen consecutive pregnant SLE patients and 8 matched healthy pregnant controls were studied prospectively. Disease activity was evaluated by European Consensus Lupus Activity Measure (ECLAM) score modified for pregnancy. The… CONTINUE READING


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