SLE kids spark treatment concern

The first ever estimate of paediatric systemic lupus erythematosus (pSLE) incidence in Australia finds similar rates to those worldwide, but flags shortfalls in the treatment of the condition.

Prospective data from 2009 to 2011 show an annual incidence of pSLE in Australia of 0.32 per 100,000 children younger than 16.

Although most are receiving initial corticosteroid treatment consistent with guidelines, many are