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Pract Midwife. 2013 Apr;16(4):21-2, 24-5.

Systemic lupus erythmatosus.

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Buckinghamshire NHS Trust.


Systemic lupus erythmatosus (SLE) presents many challenges in pregnancy for the midwife who is increasingly being relied upon to act as coordinator of care, guiding women with complex and high risk medical conditions through maternity pathways, as part of an integrated team. The disease and its pharmacological management are implicated in a range of complications. Primary care provision involves using skilful clinical observation of abnormal signs and symptoms and referring appropriately. The midwife plays a vital role in facilitating primary care provision and all the appropriate support, whilst ensuring that evidence based information is readily available. This enables the woman and her family to achieve the most desirable outcome.

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