Despite advances in treatment for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) that have significantly increased the disease’s 5-year survival rate, serious racial disparities in outcomes persist, according to a CDC report.
The report used information on existing or new lupus cases recorded in the Georgia Lupus Registry from 2002 to 2004 with follow up through 2016. It found that black women were not only more likely to die from lupus than their white counterparts, they also died on average 13 years earlier. Black women with lupus were 3.34 times more likely to die than black women in the general population, while white women with lupus were 2.43 times more likely to die than white women in the general population. None of the white women with lupus died within 5 years of diagnosis, while mortality was elevated for black women from the date of diagnosis on.
Kuehn B. Lupus Survival Disparities. JAMA. 2019;321(24):2397. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.7867
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