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Best Pract Res Clin Rheumatol. 2006 Apr;20(2):353-68.

Adolescent development and SLE.

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  • 1Department of Rheumatology, Royal Liverpool Children's Hospital, Liverpool L1 2 2AP, UK.


Adolescence is a time of profound biological and psychosocial change. The management of a complex chronic condition such as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) during this period is a challenging but rewarding task for the clinician. Early diagnosis and optimal disease control is essential in order to facilitate normal adolescent development and minimize long-term disease sequelae. Current treatment regimens are associated with significant toxicity in young people, and there is a need for new, less toxic regimens. There are currently no controlled therapeutic studies in adolescents with SLE. Those involved in the care of these young people must ensure that they have appropriate access to specialist medical services while ensuring that their specific needs as adolescents in the health-care system are addressed.

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