Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a multisystem inflammatory disease associated with increased risk of cardiovascular, renal, and thrombotic complications. Patients with SLE are at increased risk for perioperative complications and mortality. The evaluation of patients with SLE undergoing surgery should include special attention to the presence of risk factors for surgical complications and management of often complex medication regimens.
KeywordsSystemic lupus erythematosus Perioperative Cardiovascular disease Thromboembolic disease Arthroplasty
Gregory Gardner, M.D., F.A.C.P., Professor, Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.
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