Patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) who develop pneumonia have a high risk of adverse prognosis, according to a new study. The findings also revealed that common scales of pneumonia severity can misclassify cases of SLE and pneumonia as low risk.
The research, “Pneumonia in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus. Epidemiology, microbiology and outcomes,” appeared in the journal Lupus.
Researchers from Mexico analyzed the clinical characteristics, microbiology, and risk factors for poor prognosis in adult SLE patients with pneumonia. All participants had visited the emergency room of a tertiary care center in Mexico City between 2010 and 2015.
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