Rheumatology round-up

Mums with lupus at risk of preterm birth

Pregnant women with active systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) have a fivefold higher risk of pre-eclampsia and a ninefold higher risk of preterm birth than the general population, a study shows.

Among those with inactive SLE, however, the study showed there was no greater risk of pre-eclampsia – a novel finding - and the risk of preterm birth was only three times as high as population controls.

Using Norwegian registry data from 2006-2015, the researchers compared 63 pregnant patients with active