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Contraception and Pregnancy in Patients with Rheumatic Disease

  • Lisa R. Sammaritano
  • Bonnie L. Bermas
  • Shows how pregnancy-related immune changes may affect underlying autoimmune disease and how rheumatic disease may impact pregnancy outcome

  • Offers rheumatologists and gynecologists the indispensable knowledge of their specialties’ interaction, in order to discuss benefits and risks of medications and procedures with patients

  • Includes clinical guidelines for pregnancy management in specific rheumatic diseases

  • An invaluable resource for rheumatologists, OB/GYNs, and REI specialists


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Basics of Pregnancy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Danny J. Schust, Amanda J. Stephens
      Pages 3-30
    3. D. Ware Branch, Luchin F. Wong
      Pages 31-62
    4. Lisa R. Sammaritano, Bonnie L. Bermas
      Pages 63-75
  3. Pregnancy in Specific Rheumatic Diseases

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-77
    2. Sara Wasserman, Megan E. B. Clowse
      Pages 79-97
    3. Alana B. Levine, Michael D. Lockshin
      Pages 109-137
    4. Monika Østensen, Marianne Wallenius
      Pages 139-158
    5. Cecily A. Clark-Ganheart, Julia Timofeev, Virginia D. Steen
      Pages 159-170
    6. Lindsay Lally, Robert F. Spiera
      Pages 171-183
    7. Stephen J. Di Martino
      Pages 185-197
  4. Additional Reproductive Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 199-199
    2. Lisa R. Sammaritano
      Pages 201-227
    3. Carl A. Laskin, Kenneth I. Cadesky, Christine A. Clark, Karen A. Spitzer
      Pages 229-249
    4. Barbara Mendez, Amit Saxena, Jill P. Buyon, Peter M. Izmirly
      Pages 251-272
    5. Cecilia Nalli, Alessandro Iodice, Rossella Reggia, Laura Andreoli, Andrea Lojacono, Mario Motta et al.
      Pages 289-303

About this book


Most general rheumatologists and OB/GYNs have limited experience in caring for rheumatic disease patients during pregnancy, and many do not have ready access to expert colleagues in this area. Contraception and Pregnancy in Patients with Rheumatic Disease fills this gap by presenting the basics of contraception, fertility treatment, and pregnancy in rheumatic disease patients. This comprehensive resource begins by introducing key concepts that clinicians need to know when assessing the pregnant rheumatic disease patient. It goes on to cover specific rheumatic conditions in pregnancy, including systemic lupus erythematosus, antiphospholipid syndrome, systemic sclerosis, inflammatory myositis, and more. The book concludes by explaining additional related reproductive issues such as contraception, neonatal lupus, and long-term outcome of children of rheumatic disease patients.

With advances in rheumatology therapies, obstetric monitoring, and reproductive medicine technologies, increasing numbers of women with rheumatic diseases are pursuing pregnancy. Summarizing the current state of knowledge and presenting a general approach for assessment of the rheumatic disease, this book serves as an invaluable reference tool for both rheumatologists and OB/GYNs.



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Editors and affiliations

  • Lisa R. Sammaritano
    • 1
  • Bonnie L. Bermas
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of RheumatologyHospital for Special Surgery Weill Cornell Medical CollegeNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Division of RheumatologyBrigham and Women's HospitalBostonUSA

About the editors

Lisa R. Sammaritano

Weill Cornell Medical College

New York, NY



Bonnie L. Bermas

Division of Rheumatology

Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Harvard Medical School

Boston, MA


Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Contraception and Pregnancy in Patients with Rheumatic Disease
  • Editors Lisa R. Sammaritano
    Bonnie L. Bermas
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4939-0672-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4939-5333-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4939-0673-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 313
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 9 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Rheumatology
    Reproductive Medicine
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