Sherif M Gamal1, Nermeen Fouad2, Nora Yosry1, Wael Badr3, Nesreen Sobhy1

1Rheumatology, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt
2Rheumatology, Faculty of Medicine, Fayoum University, Fayoum, Egypt
3Department of Pediatric, Faculty of Medicine, Fayoum University, Fayoum, Egypt

Keywords: Adult-onset, juvenile-onset, surveillance, systemic lupus erythematosus


Objectives: This study aims to compare disease characteristics in patients with juvenile-onset systemic lupus erythematosus (JSLE) and adult-onset systemic lupus erythematosus (ASLE).

Patients and methods: Between June 2010 and March 2020, a total of 186 patients with JSLE (23 males, 163 females; median age: 25 years; range, 20 to 30.3 years) and 236 patients with ASLE (23 males, 213 females; median age: 35 years; range, 29 to 40 years) were retrospectively analyzed. Clinical and laboratory data, treatment received, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Disease Activity Index (SLEDAI) and Systemic Lupus International Collaborating Clinics (SLICC)/ACR Damage Index (SDI) scores, comorbidities and deaths were compared between the groups.

Results: The JSLE patients showed statistically significant higher constitutional manifestations, cardiac manifestations, serositis, nephritis, end-stage renal disease, neurological manifestations, gastrointestinal manifestations, secondary vasculitis, Raynaud’s, livedo-reticularis, dry mouth, dry eye, ocular manifestations, avascular necrosis, hematological manifestations, and hypocomplementemia (p<0.001, p=0.016, p=0.005, p=0.001, p=0.04, p<0.001, p<0.001, p<0.001, p=0.002, p=0.043, p=0.004, p=0.03, p<0.001, p=0.01, p<0.001, and p=0.001, respectively). Median SLEDAI scores were statistically significant higher in the JSLE group, both at onset (p<0.001) and in the final follow-up visit (p<0.001). Median SLICC scores were also higher in the JSLE group (p<0.001). Mycophenolate mofetil and intravenous pulse steroids were more frequently used in the juvenile group (p<0.001 and p=0.03, respectively). Hypertension, dyslipidemia, and avascular necrosis were found to be statistically significantly higher in the JSLE group (p<0.001, p=0.006, and p=0.01, respectively). The mortality rate was statistically significantly higher in the JSLE group than the ASLE group (p<0.001).

Conclusion: The JSLE patients showed more serious manifestations, higher disease activity, higher damage index, and mortality rate compared to ASLE patients. These results suggest the need of a regular follow-up and close surveillance of JSLE patients.

Citation: Gamal SM, Fouad N, Yosry N, Badr W, Sobhy N. Disease characteristics in patients with juvenile- and adult-onset systemic lupus erythematosus: A multi-center comparative study. Arch Rheumatol 2022;37(2):280-287.

Ethics Committee Approval

The study was approved by the participating department in Cairo and Fayoum University in January 2019. The study was conducted in accordance with the principles of the Declaration of Helsinki.
Data Sharing Statement: The data that support the findings of this study are available from the corresponding author upon reasonable request.

Author Contributions

All authors contributed equally to the article: S.M.G., N.F., N.Y., W.B., N.S.

Conflict of Interest

The authors declared no conflicts of interest with respect to the authorship and/or publication of this article.

Financial Disclosure

The authors received no financial support for the research and/or authorship of this article.