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Clinical Report

High Prevalence of Personality Disorders in Skin-restricted Lupus Patients

Isabelle Jalenques, Fabien Rondepierre, Catherine Massoubre, Sophie Bonnefond, Raymond Schwan, Bruno Labeille, Jean-Luc Perrot, Marianne Collange, Aurelien Mulliez, Michel D'Incan
DOI: 10.2340/00015555-2691


Psychiatric and personality disorders have been extensively documented in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). However, the prevalence of personality disorders in skin-restricted lupus (SRL) patients remains unknown. The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence of personality disorders in SRL outpatients and to examine the associated factors. We evaluated 60 SRL outpatients and 118 controls matched for sex, age and education level. On the basis of the Personality Diagnostic Questionnaire 4+, 38% of patients vs 20% of controls fulfilled the criteria for at least one personality disorder (OR 2.2 [95% CI 1.01–4.6], p=0.048). Only one patient with a personality disorder had specialised mental health care. Late lupus onset and more frequent past treatments by thalidomide were associated factors. This study evidences a high prevalence of personality disorders in SRL patients and shows that most SRL patients with personality disorder do not receive specialised mental health care.


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