Hypertension disorders in pregnancy (HDP) were common complications in women with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). However, the impact of HDP and the measures to prevent HDP-related fetal adverse pregnancy outcomes (APOs) remained to be explored. A multicenter retrospective study of 342 pregnant women with SLE was performed. Variables related to SLE and APOs were recorded. Fetal development was evaluated by umbilical artery Doppler ultrasonography. HDP was diagnosed in 45 (13.2%) patients, including pre-eclampsia in 42 and gestational hypertension in 3. Patients with HDP had higher incidence of preterm birth (71.1% vs 20.9%, P < 0.001), intrauterine growth retardation (IUGR) (37.8% vs 11.8%, P < 0.001), low-birth-weight infants (62.2% vs 17.2%, P < 0.001), and very-low-birth-weight infants (37.8% vs 2.7%, P < 0.001), compared with lupus patients without HDP. A total of 35 (77.8%) HDP patients had disease activation during pregnancy. All the events occurred during the second and third trimesters, mainly presenting as moderate-to-high activity (65.7%). Active disease [odds ratios (OR) = 3.9, 95% confidential interval (CI) 1.5-9.7, P = 0.004] and positive anticardiolipin (aCL) antibody (OR = 7.6, 95% CI 2.7-18.6, P < 0.001) wer...Continue Reading
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