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SLE Patient Case Studies: Christa

Hypothetical Patient

As a mother of two active school-aged children, Christa, who’s been taking antimalarials plus low-dose glucocorticoids, has had to reduce her involvement in her kids’ lives due to being confined to her home due to her symptoms. SLE can greatly impact a patient’s ability to function in their normal life.

Lab Values
Hemoglobin (g/dL) 10.2
Platelets (x109/L) 170
WBCs (x109/L) 3.2
Urinalysis Normal
Creatinine (mg/dL) 1.0
Anti-dsDNA (IU/mL) 150
Complement C3 and C4 (mg/dL) 88 and 9
Lymphocytes (x109/L) 1100
WBCs (x10 9/L)
Anti-dsDNA (IU/mL)

SELENA-SLEDAI SCORE: 12 points
(Arthritis 4 points, Pleurisy 2 points, Rash 2 points, Elevated anti-dsDNA titer 2 points, Low complement 2 points)

 

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