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Immunopathogenesis and spectrum of infections in systemic lupus erythematosus.
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PMID:  8778988     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: This study reviews the pertinent immunopathologic mechanisms that contribute to increased susceptibility to infection in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and the spectrum of infections in patients with SLE. It assesses the impact on patient care, morbidity, and mortality. METHODS: The authors performed an extensive search of the literature through MEDLINE, using appropriate keywords and manual search of bibliography cited by retrieved papers. RESULTS: Infection is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in SLE and may change the natural course of the disease. Patients with SLE display numerous cellular and humoral abnormalities that are expressed in a heterogeneous pattern and contribute in varying degrees to susceptibility to infectious agents. The use of corticosteroid and immunosuppressive drugs is only partially responsible for the high infection rate in lupus patients. Common as well as opportunistic pathogens are frequently encountered among patients with SLE. The susceptibility that SLE patients exhibit to certain bacteria is now better recognized, and a broadening spectrum of pathogens is being reported. The immunization of patients against influenza and pneumococcus and the administration of prophylactic therapy against Pneumocystis carinii infection in certain patients have recently been proposed. CONCLUSION: Disease activity and treatment are responsible for the extensive defects of the immune defense system in lupus patients that increase their susceptibility to an extensive range of infections. Infection imposes a serious burden on lupus patients and on the caring physician.
A G Iliopoulos; G C Tsokos
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Seminars in arthritis and rheumatism     Volume:  25     ISSN:  0049-0172     ISO Abbreviation:  Semin. Arthritis Rheum.     Publication Date:  1996 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-09-19     Completed Date:  1996-09-19     Revised Date:  2010-03-24    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1306053     Medline TA:  Semin Arthritis Rheum     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  318-36     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Clinical Physiology, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Washington, DC 20307-5100, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Infection / epidemiology,  immunology*
Lupus Erythematosus, Systemic / epidemiology,  immunology*,  microbiology*

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