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Remission in SLE: the duration depends on multiple factors, including the definition
  1. Andrea Doria,
  2. Margherita Zen,
  3. Luca Iaccarino
  1. Rheumatology Unit, Department of Medicine (DIMED), University of Padova, Padova, Italy
  1. Correspondence to Professor Andrea Doria, Rheumatology Unit, Department of Medicine (DIMED), University of Padova, Padova 35128, Italy; adoria{at}

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We read with great interest the article from Wilhelm et al1 published on Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. We agree with the authors that remission is an emerging concept in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and that it is very important to find out a definition of remission heralding the best outcome for clinical practice and clinical trials. Although this study, carried out in a very large monocentric cohort of lupus patients, is an important contribution to this topic, its result is a little bit disappointing: indeed, only a minority of lupus patients could maintain a durable remission, …

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