The risk of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) was higher for patients with idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) in a report published in the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases.
Patient data for this retrospective cohort analysis were examined from the National Health Insurance Research Database in Taiwan. There were 723 patients with ITP included in the analysis and 14,460 patients who did not have ITP and represented the control group. The researchers analyzed patient records to determine if there was a relationship between ITP and an incident diagnosis of SLE.
- Article by Vicki Moore, PhD for HematologyAdvisor.com. Photo courtesy of Hematology Advisor.com.