What is the global prevalence of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)?

Updated: Aug 04, 2021
  • Author: Christie M Bartels, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Worldwide, the prevalence of SLE varies. The highest rates of prevalence have been reported in Italy, Spain, Martinique, and the United Kingdom Afro-Caribbean population. [52] Although the prevalence of SLE is high in black persons in the United Kingdom, the disease is rarely reported in blacks in Africa, suggesting that there may be an environmental trigger, as well as a genetic basis, for disease in the UK population. [53]


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