Most literature on pregnancies in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is retrospective and selective. This report is a detailed, prospective analysis of 13 pregnancies in eight women with SLE. Pregnancy was best tolerated by mothers without significant nephropathy or cardiopathy who had been in clinical remission for more than three months prior to conception. Management was aided by serial evaluation of complement (C3 and C4) levels and careful supervision of immunosuppressive therapy when indicated. Although fetal status was closely monitored, premature deliveries and spontaneous abortions occurred frequently. No malformations or adverse sequelae were noted in surviving infants exposed to immunosuppressive agents during gestation.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Obstetrics and Gynecology