Prognosis for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)

The outcome for patients with SLE has improved over recent years. Currently, the 10-year survival rate for patients with the condition is more than 90 percent. Patients with severe complications have a worse prognosis in terms of survival and disability.

Most women with SLE who become pregnant are able to carry the pregnancy safely to term and deliver healthy infants, as long as severe kidney or heart disease is not present and the disease is being managed.

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Publication Review By: Donald E. Thomas, Jr., M.D., FACP, FACR, RhMSUS, CCD

Published: 01 Jun 2006

Last Modified: 27 Jan 2015