Other factors that have likely contributed to the improved outcomes include better diagnosis and referral of patients with mild disease to rheumatologists, as well as counseling of women to attempt pregnancy when disease is quiescent. Whatever the causes, the findings suggest that previous concerns about mortality associated with pregnancy in women with SLE are no longer applicable.
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