High rate of death caused by systemic lupus erythematosus among U. S. residents of asian descent

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  • Richard A. Kaslow MD, MPH

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    1. Epidemiology and Biometry Section, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD.
    • Epidemiology and Biometry Section, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH, Bethesda, MD 20205
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Abstract

From 1968 through 1976, adjusted annual rates of death from systemic lupus erythematosus, based on National Center for Health Statistics data from the 12 states with most (88%) of the Asian population, were higher for Chinese, Japanese, and Filipinos than for whites in the United States. These Asian subgroups had a combined average annual mortality rate significantly higher than that of whites whether Hawaii was included (6.8/million for Asians versus 2.8 for whites) or excluded (6.0 versus 2.8).

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