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Infect Dis Clin North Am. 2001 Jun;15(2):335-61, vii.

Infections in systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis.

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Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease Service, Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón, University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain.


Patients with systemic lupus erythematosus have a higher infection rate than the general population. It is estimated that at least 50% of them will suffer a severe infectious episode during the course of the disease. Improvements in the control of the disease are discussed in this article.

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