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Cachexia affects more than half of lupus patients

Key clinical point: Systemic lupus erythematosus patients who developed intermittent cachexia had the highest risk of organ damage after 5 years.

Major finding: Among adults with systemic lupus erythematosus, 56% developed cachexia within 5 years of entering the study.

Study details: The data come from a prospective study of 2,452 SLE patients older than 18 years.

Disclosures: The study was supported by the National Institutes of Health and the NIH Roadmap for Medical Research. The researchers had no financial conflicts to disclose.


Stojan G et al. Arthritis Care Res. 2020 Aug 2. doi: 10.1002/acr.24395.