How does the presentation of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) differ between men and women?

Updated: Aug 04, 2021
  • Author: Christie M Bartels, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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A postdiagnostic 5-year follow-up study showed that males had a higher prevalence of thromboses, nephropathy, strokes, gastrointestinal symptoms, and antiphospholipid syndrome and that females were more likely to present with arthralgia, hair loss, Raynaud syndrome, and photosensitivity. [97] In addition, male patients were more likely to present with tendonitis, myositis, nephropathy, and respiratory tract infections.


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