Most Women with Lupus Can Have Successful Pregnancy Outcomes

Promising research led by investigators at Hospital for Special Surgery may offer hope for women with lupus who once thought that pregnancy was too risky. Results from multicenter NIH PROMISSE study find pregnancy safe for 80% of women with lupus.

"There was a misconception, based on outdated experience, that women with lupus should not try to have children," said Jane Salmon, M.D., the study’s senior author and Collette Kean Research Chair at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. “Now that our treatments are more effective and we have a better understanding of the disease, we can identify a window when pregnancy is safe and outcomes are good for mother and fetus.”

Historically, women with systemic lupus erythematosus (also know as SLE or lupus) have been advised not to become pregnant because of risks to their own and their fetus’ health. SLE is a chronic inflammatory disease, in which the body’s own immune system attacks tissues of the body and can cause complications during pregnancy.

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