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      Lupus Nephropathy and Pregnancy

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          We describe 26 pregnancies in 19 patients with lupus nephritis. There were 4 spontaneous abortions, 2 therapeutic abortions, 4 stillbirths and 1 neonatal death. 10 deliverieswere preterm and 2 fetuses were small for gestational age. 8 pregnancies were not accompanied by change of renal symptoms. Mild signs of renal involvement appeared during pregnancy in 4 patients. 6 patients showed an increase in proteinuria already present before pregnancy without renal function deterioration. A moderate worsening of renal function was observed in 3 patients. 4 patients, 3 of whom had an apparent onset of systemic lupus erythematosus during pregnancy, developed anuric acute renal failure after delivery or after late spontaneous abortion. 2 of them died from sepsis and disseminated intravascular coagulation while 2 had complete recovery of renal function. A high rate of complications was observed in patients not adequately treated during pregnancy. Renal biopsy before gestation was not predictive of the outcome of nephropathy during pregnancy, and change of histology in repeated biopsies was frequently observed.

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          Journal
          NEF
          Nephron
          10.1159/issn.1660-8151
          Nephron
          S. Karger AG
          1660-8151
          2235-3186
          1984
          1984
          03 December 2008
          : 36
          : 1
          : 46-51
          Affiliations
          aDivisione di Nefrologia, Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Milano; bDivisione di Nefrologia Ospedale Ca’Granda-Niguarda, Milano; cClinica Ostetrica I, Università di Milano, Italia
          Article
          183114 Nephron 1984;36:46–51
          10.1159/000183114
          6691001
          © 1984 S. Karger AG, Basel

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