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Rheumatic Disease Does Not Preclude Pregnancy

The Rheumatologist—November 9, 2017

For women with autoimmune conditions, preconception planning is essential for optimal pregnancy outcomes. HSS rheumatologist Lisa R. Sammaritano, MD spoke to The Rheumatologist about the importance of physician and patient education as well as communication.

Due to a general lack of familiarity with the topic, Dr. Sammaritano said that rheumatologists experience a barrier getting involved in preconception and contraceptive planning with their patients.

"Until we are all better educated in this area, and/or guidelines are available that will be read by a wide range of specialists, the best way to ensure good care is physician contact. Call or email the OB-GYN with your thoughts and questions," said Dr. Sammaritano.

Additionally, Dr. Sammaritano said there is a need for more specific clinical research. According to the article, Dr. Sammaritano and her colleagues are producing ACR-sponsored guidelines for reproductive health in rheumatic disease patients. The information will be presented at the 2018 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting.

Read the full article at the-rheumatologist.org


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