April 13, 2011

Biomarkers Predict Success of Lupus Nephritis Drug Therapy

From our latest Research Update Newsletter:
Kidney involvement (nephritis) can be one of the more serious complications of lupus. Since lupus nephritis can be severe and the therapy can be toxic, it is important to be able to predict which patients would most benefit from long-term treatment. It would be particularly useful if specific factors could provide some advanced predictions about whether or not there would be successful responses to treatments for lupus nephritis. The researchers hoped to identify factors that might be seen after 8 weeks of treatment for nephritis that might predict whether or not the treatment would be successful after 24 weeks.

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