Infections in systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis

Infect Dis Clin North Am. 2001 Jun;15(2):335-61, vii. doi: 10.1016/s0891-5520(05)70149-5.


Patients with systemic lupus erythematosus have a higher infection rate than the general population. It is estimated that at least 50% of them will suffer a severe infectious episode during the course of the disease. Improvements in the control of the disease are discussed in this article.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / microbiology*
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / parasitology
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / virology
  • Bacterial Infections / prevention & control*
  • Humans
  • Lupus Erythematosus, Systemic / microbiology*
  • Lupus Erythematosus, Systemic / parasitology
  • Lupus Erythematosus, Systemic / virology
  • Parasitic Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Vaccination
  • Virus Diseases / prevention & control*