Is lupus nephritis in children treated differently than in adults?
Currently, treatment approaches for lupus nephritis in children are not standardized and can vary widely from doctor to doctor. Unfortunately, not enough studies have been done to establish the best medications for children with lupus nephritis. Investigators have recommended treatments for lupus nephritis; however, these are based on clinical experience and have not yet been tested to determine the best therapies for children with lupus nephritis.
There is an urgent need to tailor lupus nephritis drug treatments specifically for children with lupus, rather than using guidelines established for adults. The Lupus Foundation of America is leading efforts in this critical area by providing funding to facilitate research that will help children with lupus.