Objective: To assess the association between the ethnic origin of patients with SLE living in Israel, and the clinical and laboratory features of SLE. Methods: A retrospective review of medical records was carried out. Patients were classified into 3 groups based on their ethnic origin: a) Ashkenazi Jews, b) Sepharadic Jews and c) Arabs. Results: The study included 74 consecutive SLE patients, 69 (93%) women and 5 (7%) men. Their mean age at diagnosis was 32 years and their mean disease duration was 6.4 years. There were 21 (28%) Ashkenazi Jews, 31 (42%) Sepharadic Jews and 22 (30%) Arabs. The demographics, the frequency of various clinical and laboratory' variables of SLE, and the mean disease activity index score (SLEDAI) of the three groups were not statistically different. Conclusion: The ethnic origin of SLE patients living in Israel is not associated with the clinical and laboratory features of the disease.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology|
|State||Published - 1 Mar 1997|
- ethnic origin
- systemic lupus erythematosus