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Lupus. 2012 May;21(6):672-4. doi: 10.1177/0961203311433138. Epub 2012 Jan 11.

Familial SLE: sustained drug-free remission in a mother successfully treated for anal cancer, but development of SLE in a 16-year old daughter.

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  • 1Ospedale San Martino - Ematologia, Genova, Italy.

Abstract

The immunopathogenesis of systemic lupus erythematosus has been thoroughly investigated recently, and genome-wide association studies have identified genes statistically associated with lupus. However, the progression to overt disease is dependent on the activation of environmental factors ('triggers'), among which oestrogen stimulation is prominent. Here we report the case of a mother with long-standing SLE entering into long term drug-free remission following intensive, menopause-inducing chemoradiotherapy for cancer, and the opposite case of her daughter, who developed SLE following the initiation of her menstrual cycle.

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