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Keywords:

  • Systemic lupus erythematosus;
  • perinatal mortality;
  • serologic abnormalities in pregnancy

ABSTRACT: Antepartum fetal surveillance is well established in the optimal management of any pregnancy complicated by maternal systemic lupus erythematosus and/or its associated serologic abnormalities. Our experience in antepartum surveillance of the “lupus pregnancy” from 1980 to 1988 is reviewed. An overall perinatal mortality rate of 6.06% compares favorably to the total intrauterine death rate range usually reported for this disease.