February 22, 2019
A study published in the peer-reviewed journal Arthritis & Rheumatology found that people with SLE and particularly those with lupus nephritis are at higher risk for bone fractures than those without lupus.
Researchers compared Medicaid data among low-income people with lupus and people with lupus nephritis (kidney disease associated with lupus) versus those without. They analyzed incidence of fractures of the bones in the pelvis, wrist, hip and arm.
People with lupus were two times at greater risk for fractures than those without lupus. People with lupus nephritis had the greatest incidence of fractures. Their risk for fracture was 1.6 times higher than people with lupus and no nephritis.