Infection Is Leading Cause of Death in Lupus Patients in China

In China, mortality rates are higher among women with systemic lupus erythematosus(SLE) than men, with infection being the leading cause of death, a study reports.

According to the researchers, risk factors for poorer outcomes include older age at disease onset, infection, autoimmune anemia, low platelet levels, and pulmonary arterial hypertension.

The study, “Mortality and prognostic factors in Chinese patients with systemic lupus erythematosus,” was published in the journal Lupus.

Lupus, an autoimmune disease involving multiple organs, is believed to disproportionately affect patients in Asian countries, with higher incidences and greater severity.

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