New Research Identifies Possible Predictors of Lupus Flare

An analysis of lupus patients found that kidney disease and a high level of autoantibodies were associated with a higher risk for flare. These results were published in the August 2013 issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism by lupus expert Michelle A. Petri, MD of Johns Hopkins University and colleagues.

In a media interview, Dr. Petri and colleagues noted: "This study provides data that help us to identify patients at greater risk of severe SLE flare; these data should also help us to select the most appropriate SLE flare index in clinical trials assessing the ability of new therapies to reduce rates of moderate-to-severe lupus flare."