Table 8.

Complications of lupus and its treatment

Complications of Lupus, Potentially Aggravated by Some or All Treatments Complications of Treatments of Lupus Agent Responsible
ThrombosisCushingoid appearanceCorticosteroids
NeoplasiaOsteoporosisCorticosteroids
InfectionPeptic ulceration and hemorrhageCorticosteroids
Avascular necrosis of boneCataractsCorticosteroids
Accelerated atherosclerosisDiabetes mellitusCorticosteroids—rare
LeukopeniaGonadal failureCyclophosphamide
ThrombocytopeniaCholestasisAzathioprine
AnemiaPancreatitisAzathioprine
Fetal lossMarrow failureAll cytotoxics
Raised intracranial pressure
? growth failure