Doctor's Responses Archive

Viewer Question:

I need information about SLE and teenage girls or the incidence in children.
Signed, MM

Doctor's Response:

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus is rare in young children. In fact, very few cases occur before the age of 5 years. Few cases occur between 5 and 10 years of age. Girls are more frequently affected than boys.

As opposed to teenagers and adult lupus patients, who are 80-90% female, in lupus children less than 10 years of age, are only approximately 70% female. When lupus occurs in childhood, it frequently indicates a strong family susceptibility to lupus or related immune disease.

Thank you for your question.

Last Editorial Review: 12/29/2004

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