Key clinical point: There are confounders, but there has also likely been an actual increase in SLE cases in the United States.
Major finding: The prevalence of systemic lupus erythematosus in the United States increased 6% a year during 2001-2011, for a cumulative increase of 59.4%.
Study details: Review of nationwide CDC databases.
Disclosures: The work was funded by the National Institutes of Health, among others. The senior investigator didn’t have any relevant disclosures.
Nguyen KP et al. Lupus Sci Med. 2019;6[suppl 1]: Abstract 166. doi: 10.1136/lupus-2019-lsm.166.