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Autoimmune rheumatic disorders and vasculitis in pregnancy

May Ching Soh, Kate Bramham, Sarah Germain and Catherine Nelson-Piercy

in Oxford Textbook of Medicine

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Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199204854
Published online November 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199570973 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.1414_update_002

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Autoimmune rheumatic disorders and vasculitis in pregnancy

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Autoimmune diseases affect 5 to 7% of people, are commoner in women of childbearing age, and are frequently encountered in pregnancy. They may remit or improve during pregnancy, but can flare or present in pregnancy with disastrous consequences. The postpartum period is a time of susceptibility to autoimmune disorders, and women who already have an autoimmune disorder may suffer disease exacerbation following pregnancy....

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Subjects: Obstetrics

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