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Safe pregnancy possible in women with interstitial lung disease

ACR 2020
Reuters Health - 10/11/2020 - Women with interstitial lung disease (ILD) related to an autoimmune disorder can give birth safely, according to a new study. "It's time to rethink our approach to interstitial lung disease and pregnancy. Many women with ILD have been told they should never become pregnant, and for some that means they never become a mother," Dr. Megan Clowse of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, said at a November 6 press briefing at ACR Convergence, the 2020 annual virtual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology. In reviewing the literature on ILD in pregnancy, "we were shocked" to find almost no data, Dr. Clowse said. Some of the studies that do exist were conducted decades ago when the care available was not as good as it is now, she added. To fill the gap, the study team reviewed the electronic medical records for 67 women (mean age, 32 years) with 94 pregnancies (five twin pregnancies) complicated by ILD secondary to autoimm...

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