How Common Is Lupus Nephritis?

Lupus nephritis is a rare disease. In adults with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), one-third have lupus nephritis at diagnosis while 3 out of 5 will develop lupus nephritis over time.  The condition is more common in women although men are often affected more severely by the disease. The prevalence of lupus nephritis increases with age.

Impact on Ethnic/Racial Populations

There is a higher incidence of lupus nephritis among specific racial/ethnic groups.

African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Hispanics/Latinos and Native Americans are more likely than Caucasians to develop lupus nephritis. Likewise, African-Americans and Hispanics with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) typically develop this renal disease earlier than Caucasians, and their condition tends to be more severe.

Compared to Caucasians, the prevalence of lupus nephritis is roughly: 4x HIGHER for African Americans and Asians 2x HIGHER for Hispanics and Native Americans

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