Hormonal and Immunological Disturbances in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Iraqi Postgraduate Medical Journal,
2008, Volume 7, Issue 1, Pages 65-70
Rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus are multifactorial autoimmune diseases.
Some recent reports indicated a hormonal disturbances affected the balance between Th1 and Th2
To investigate the immunological and hormonal disturbance in patient with rheumatoid arthritis
(RA) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).
Serum samples, were collected from patients with RA, SLE and control, then the tests for
antinuclear antibodies, anti double strand DNA, anticardiolipin antibodies are done by using
Enzyme linked immuno assay (ELISA) method. Also, hormonal studies including estrogen,
progesterone and prolactin level are done by using the Radio immunoassay technique (RIA).
The results indicated the increasing of ANA, anti ds-DNA, and anticardiolipin antibodies. Also,
elevation in the levels of estrogen, progesterone and prolactin in patients with RA and SLE
comparing with control.
Immunological and hormonal disturbances in patients with RA and SLE were documented through
through the increasing of ANA, anti dsDNA anticardiolipin antibodies and elevation of the level of
estrogen, progesterone, and prolactin.
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