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Lupus and bleeding

01/23/2001

Question:

Can Lupus cause abnormal uterine bleeding?

Answer:

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.

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Response by:

Yolanda   Farhey, MD Yolanda Farhey, MD
Associate Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati