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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Lupus and bleeding
Can Lupus cause abnormal uterine bleeding?
Menstrual irregularities are common in SLE. Menorrhagia (increase in blood flow during the periods, increase in number of days) has been described in 10-15% of patients with SLE in different groups. Some patients had low number of thrombocytes (platelets, cells involved in coagulation of blood) some had an antibody called `lupus anticoagulant`. Aspirin and antiinflammatories can also increase the menstrual blood flow. Occasionally prednisone/steroids treatment can induce menorrhagia.
Yolanda Farhey, MD
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati