Pattern of Initial Clinical Presentation of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: A Hospital-Based Cross-Sectional Study from Bangladesh

Author: Ahmmad et al. Summary: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune disorder involving multiple systems and often presents with diverse clinical manifestations. The objective of the present study was to investigate the initial clinical presentations of SLE patients attending a tertiary care hospital in Bangladesh. This cross-sectional study was conducted among 85 SLE patients diagnosed according to the 1997 ACR Revised Criteria for Classification of SLE attending the Lupus Clinic of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), Dhaka, Bangladesh from January 2012 to June 2013. Sociodemographic and clinical data were collected from patient interviews, physical examinations and medical records.

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