Using 3T MRI To Characterize The Early Lesion Of Carotid Vessel Wall In Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Patients With Subclinical Atherosclerosis.
Wei Zhang 1 , Jie Sun 2 , Bin Zhou 1 , Jianrong Xu 1 , Daniel S Hippe 2 , Thomas S Hatsukami 2 , and Chun Yuan 2
Department of Radiology, Renji Hospital,
Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine,
Shanghai, Shanghai, China,
of Radiology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA,
Cardiovascular complications, which result from
atherosclerotic lesions, are now the leading cause of
mortality in patients with SLE. Subclinical
atherosclerosis can be documented in 30% to 40% of
patients. An early diagnosis of subclinical AS in young
patients with SLE is preferable for a more effective
treatment that may reduce the development of major
cardiovascular complications. In this study we focus on
vessel wall changes on MR imaging to detect early
subclinical atherosclerosis lesion in SLE patients and
try to find out the risk factors associated with
atherosclerosis in these women.
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