Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes after Multi-Professional Follow-Up of Women with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: An Observational Study from a Single Centre in Sweden

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While the management of pregnant patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) has improved over the last decades, the risk of maternal, foetal, and neonatal complications is still substantial. We evaluated the occurrence of adverse pregnancy outcomes (APO) occurring in 2002-2018 among patients with SLE from the catchment area of the Department of Rheumatology in Lund, Sweden. Longitudinal clinical and laboratory data were collected and analysed. Results were stratified according to the sequence of conception. We investigated a total of 59 pregnancies in 28 patients. Prior lupus nephritis was the clinical feature that, in a multivariable regression analysis, displayed the strongest association with APO overall (OR 6.0, p = 0.02). SLE combined with antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) was associated with the risk of miscarriage (OR 3.3, p = 0.04). The positivity of multiple antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL) was associated with APO overall (OR 3.3, p = 0.05). IgG anti-cardiolipin during pregnancy resulted in a higher risk of preterm delivery (OR 6.8, p = 0.03). Hypocomplementaemia was associated with several APO, but only in the first pregnancies. We conclude that, despite the close follow-up provided, a majority of pregnancies resulted in ≥1 APO, but a few of them were severe. Our study confirms the importance of previous lupus nephritis as a main risk factor for APO in patients with SLE.


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  • Linköping University
Research areas and keywords

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  • Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine
  • Rheumatology and Autoimmunity
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Clinical Medicine
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Aug 11
Publication categoryResearch