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Expert Illustrations & Commentaries: A Look into Novel Approaches for the Treatment of Cutaneous and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

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Target Audience
This educational activity is directed toward rheumatologists, internists, dermatologists, specialty nurse practitioners and physician assistants, and primary care physicians engaged in the care of patients with CLE and SLE.

Activity Overview
This Expert Illustrations and Commentaries™ is a video-based program, in which two experts discuss the etiology and management of lupus erythematosus (LE). In this activity, the faculty focus on the pathophysiology, and current and emerging therapeutic strategies for the management of both cutaneous lupus erythematosus (CLE) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Their discussion is enriched with the use of video animations to illustrate the pathophysiology of lupus and the mechanisms of action for some of the emerging therapies to treat patients with this disease. The use of these animated segments helps to make somewhat complicated subject matter more easily understood. This unique format is designed to help clinicians identify best practices in the diagnosis and management of LE and improve outcomes for their patients with this disease.

LE is a chronic-relapsing autoimmune disease with a broad range of cutaneous and systemic symptoms. LE affects people worldwide, with the highest incidence among women of childbearing age and non-White individuals. SLE has a variable presentation and disease course, which could affect every organ. The pattern of clinical manifestations and autoimmune phenomena is heterogeneous among patients and even changes over time in individual patients. Morbidity and mortality for patients with SLE are derived from direct immune-mediated tissue damage and treatment-associated complications, including cardiovascular disease and increased infection risk. In patients with CLE, the body’s immune system attacks healthy skin, causing painful or itchy rashes and skin lesions with severe morbidity.

Learning Objectives
Upon successful completion of this activity, you should be better prepared to:

Describe the diagnostic criteria for a timely and accurate diagnosis of systemic and cutaneous lupus erythematosus
Evaluate standard of care treatment recommendations for the management of patients with systemic and cutaneous lupus erythematosus
Analyze the mechanism of action, efficacy, and safety of emerging treatments for systemic and cutaneous lupus erythematosus


Apr 05, 2022


Physician CME



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Presenters / Authors / Faculty

Joseph F. Merola, MD, MMSc
Victoria P. Werth, MD

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Relias LLC Relias, Free CME, Lupus Free CE CME

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