SLE: Predictors of its occurrence among a cohort of patients with early undifferentiated connective tissue disease

MCM: Of 213 pts with early (< 1yr) undiff. CT d., the clinical

status of 143 could be ascertained at 5 years. 13% developed

SLE and these were more likely to be younger,

African-American, and to have alopecia, serositis, discoid

lupus, positive Coomb’s test, positive anti-dsDNA and anti-Sm

Abs, positive ANA (esp. homogenous patter), and/or false

positive test for syphilis…

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