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Arthritis Rheum. 1994 Sep;37(9):1305-10.

An open study of dehydroepiandrosterone in systemic lupus erythematosus.

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  • 1Division of Immunology and Rheumatology, Stanford University Medical Center, CA 94305.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine if dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) has clinical benefits in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).

METHODS:

Ten female patients with mild to moderate SLE and various disease manifestations were given DHEA (200 mg/day orally) for 3-6 months. The patients were given other medications as clinically indicated, and followed with respect to overall disease activity and specific outcome parameters.

RESULTS:

After 3-6 months of DHEA treatment, indices for overall SLE activity including the SLEDAI (SLE Disease Activity Index) score and physician's overall assessment were improved, and corticosteroid requirements were decreased. Of 3 patients with significant proteinuria, 2 showed marked and 1 modest reductions in protein excretion. DHEA was well tolerated, the only frequently noted side effect being mild acneiform dermatitis.

CONCLUSION:

DHEA shows promise as a new therapeutic agent for the treatment of mild to moderate SLE. Further studies of DHEA in the treatment of SLE are warranted.

PMID:
7945493
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