Current treatment of lupus nephritis

Lupus. 2008 May;17(5):426-30. doi: 10.1177/0961203308090029.


This review on the management of lupus nephritis is based on the results of randomized clinical trials, and discusses the principles of treatment and the current options for induction and maintenance therapy. The respective place of mycophenolate mofetil and intravenous cyclophosphamide are balanced, taking into account efficacy, safety and patients' perspective. The authors anticipate that, in a few years, when long-term data on lupus nephritis patients induced with mycophenolate mofetil becomes available, it is probably that intravenous cyclophosphamide, which has been for so long the 'standard of care', will be prescribed only in specialized conditions such as documented necrotizing vasculitis.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Azathioprine / therapeutic use
  • Cyclophosphamide / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Lupus Nephritis / drug therapy*
  • Lupus Nephritis / immunology*
  • Lupus Nephritis / metabolism
  • Mycophenolic Acid / analogs & derivatives
  • Mycophenolic Acid / therapeutic use


  • Cyclophosphamide
  • Mycophenolic Acid
  • Azathioprine