Close Communications with Rheumatologist Important During Pregnancy for Women with Lupus
(San Diego, California) October 29, 2013 -- The outlook for positive pregnancy outcomes for women with lupus remains bright, but data obtained from a large insurance claims database highlights the need for specific education and counseling to pregnant women with lupus as well as close collaboration between the rheumatologist and the obstetrician throughout the pregnancy. Investigators reviewed more than 10,000 insurance claims filed over a six-year period and found that women with lupus had a higher risk for complications, such as miscarriage, hypertension, preeclampsia, preterm delivery and stillbirths. The findings point to the need for close communications between the rheumatologist and the patient to monitor and identify potential lupus-related complications early and take appropriate steps to bring them under control.
Dr. Michelle Petri, Director of the Lupus Center at John Hopkins University was the study’s principal investigator. The data was presented on Tuesday in San Diego during the American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting. The Lupus Foundation of America worked with the study’s sponsor, UCB Pharma, to design the study, which addresses an important concern among individuals most likely to develop lupus, namely young women in their childbearing years.
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