Low bone density linked to poorer outcomes for lupus

06/18/2009 | Medscape (free registration)

Low bone mineral density in pediatric patients at the time they are diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus raises the risk of poor long-term bone outcomes, a new study found. Low body mass index and high doses of steroids contributed to poorer outcomes, but children with a higher BMI at diagnosis tended to do better, researchers said. They suggested early diagnosis and possible treatment for high-risk patients with antiresorptive medications.

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