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Recent developments in the treatment of systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Publication Type:
    Journal article
  • Publication Sub Type:
    Journal Article
  • Authors:
    Huertas CM, Salvador F, Isenberg D
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  • Pagination:
    14, 17
  • Journal:
    European Musculoskeletal Review
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Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune rheumatic disorder, characterised by pathogenic antibodies produced by hyper-reactive B cells recognising self-antigens, which cause organ damage via immune complex formation, complement activation and direct effects on cells. It can be a life-threatening disease when major organs, such as the kidneys, are affected. Lupus is approximately 10 times more common in women than in men. The majority of lupus patients will develop their disease between the ages of 15 and 50. If not treated promptly, a significant proportion of patients, especially those with more aggressive disease, accumulate irreversible damage. Accelerated atherosclerosis and infections represent a major challenge in the management of the disease. Conventional drug treatment options range from non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to immunosuppressive therapies. Understanding the disease pathogenesis has led to the use of targeted therapies, notably biological agents. This article will focus on the traditional immunosuppressive therapies used in the treatment of SLE and the biological therapies recently developed. © TOUCH BRIEFINGS 2012.
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