How Common Is Lupus Nephritis?

In adults with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), one-third have lupus nephritis at diagnosis and about 50% of people diagnosed with lupus will go on to develop lupus nephritis.  This disease 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.

People of African descent, Asians, Hispanics/Latinos and Native peoples are more likely than Caucasians to develop lupus nephritis. Likewise, people of African and Hispanic descent 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 people of African descent and Asians 2x HIGHER for Hispanics and Native peoples

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