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PATIENT PROFILE: ZOE

Medical History

  • SLE diagnosed 3 years ago
  • Signs and symptoms of active disease
    • Arthritis getting worse
    • Photosensitive skin rash

Manifestations

  • Newly reported patchy hair loss in the occipital scalp region
  • Has anaemia (haemoglobin - 9 g/dL) and leukopenia (2500 cells/mm3)
  • Severe photosensitive skin rash, which has caused scarring
  • Severe arthritis over the past 6 months

Recent Clinical Assessment

Medications

  • Hydroxychloroquine 400 mg/day for 3 years
  • Prednisone:
    • Receiving 10 mg/day for the last year
    • Dose has been escalated up to 20 mg/day for management of acute flares
  • Methotrexate 15 mg/week for the last 4 months
  • Folic acid 1 mg/day

Impact on Daily Living

  • Has problems using writing and typing instruments, and must really focus to get her hands to work
  • Hair loss and scarring have greatly affected her self-esteem
  • Has started asking friends for help with her shopping as she finds it very painful; even ordering her groceries online is too painful some days
  • Arthritis and myositis are making her commute to work very difficult and has had to ask a friend for a lift share
  • Feels she is unable to go out with friends at the moment

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What Next?

Click here to learn more about efficacy of BENLYSTA once-weekly subcutaneous injection

Additional Resources

How do I identify eligible patients in my practice?

*SELENA-SLEDAI (Safety of Estrogens in Lupus Erythematosus: National Assessment version of the Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Disease Activity Index) assesses 24 weighted variables to indicate overall disease severity.
FACIT, functional assessment of chronic illness therapy.

This patient is for illustrative purposes only and is not a real patient.