Systemic lupus erythematosus in Zimbabwe.

Taylor HG, Stein CM
Ann Rheum Dis. 1986 45 (8): 645-8

PMID: 3740993 · PMCID: PMC1001960 · DOI:10.1136/ard.45.8.645

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) was diagnosed in 31 black Zimbabweans over a six year period. Renal involvement (71%) was more common and photosensitivity (16%) and serositis (23%) less common than in the United States. Lymphopenia (48%) was the commonest haematological abnormality. Unusual complications included subarachnoid haemorrhage, cardiac rhythm disturbance, portal and superior mesenteric vein thrombosis, and a non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Tuberculosis was a common differential diagnosis that was difficult to exclude. Nine patients (29%) died within one year of diagnosis. SLE is being recognised more commonly in Zimbabwe.

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Adolescent Adult Female Humans Lupus Erythematosus, Systemic Male Middle Aged Zimbabwe

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