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A Journal on Internal Medicine
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Panminerva Medica 1998 December;40(4):319-28
Systemic lupus erythematosus and pregnancy
Zarcone R., Lioniello M.*, Lettiero F.**, Longo M., Cardone A.
From the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, Second Chair of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Second University of Naples, Naples, Italy
* Medicine Division, Giuseppe Capilupi Hospital, 5 Naples ASL, Capri, Italy
** Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, Chair of Gynecology and Obstetrics, University of L’Aquila, L’Aquila, Italy
In this paper the authors underline the importance of SLE in women, above all those who become pregnant. This review also stresses the importance of an early diagnosis and the need to give correct information to pregnant women regarding the possible risks of pregnancy, both to the maternal organism and to the fetus. The authors also describe the main aspects of diagnosis and the management of this particular type of patient. In conclusion, they affirm that pregnancy should not be avoided categorically, but that it should be carefully planned and, once started, must be scrupulously monitored in view of the deterioration of SLE caused by pregnancy.