Statistics about Lupus


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About statistics: This page presents a variety of statistics about Lupus. The term 'prevalence' of Lupus usually refers to the estimated population of people who are managing Lupus at any given time. The term 'incidence' of Lupus refers to the annual diagnosis rate, or the number of new cases of Lupus diagnosed each year. Hence, these two statistics types can differ: a short-lived disease like flu can have high annual incidence but low prevalence, but a life-long disease like diabetes has a low annual incidence but high prevalence. For more information see about prevalence and incidence statistics.

Prevalence and incidence statistics for Lupus: (see also prevalence and incidence page for Lupus)
  Prevalance of Lupus: 1.4 million people in the United States, 1 in 85 (NWHIC)
  Prevalance Rate: approx 1 in 194 or 0.51% or 1.4 million people in USA [about data]
  Prevalance of Lupus: Lupus occurs in 1 out of 2,000 Americans and in as many as 1 in 250 young, African-American women.1 ... Lupus affects 1.4 million people in the United States (1 in 85).2
  Prevelance statistics about Lupus: The following statistics relate to the prevalence of Lupus:
  • 1 in 2,000 Americans (NIAID)
  • 1 in 250 young African-American women
  • 63,052 people in the USA 19963 (but this number seems too low)

Death and mortality statistics for Lupus:
  5-year survival rate for Lupus: It is estimated that 97 percent of individuals with SLE live at least five years4
  10-year survival rate for Lupus: 90 percent live at least 10 years after diagnosis4
Society statistics for Lupus
  Hospitalization statistics for Lupus: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Lupus:
  • 0.032% (4,075) of hospital consultant episodes were for systemic lupus erythematosus in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 90% of hospital consultant episodes for systemic lupus erythematosus required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 11% of hospital consultant episodes for systemic lupus erythematosus were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 89% of hospital consultant episodes for systemic lupus erythematosus were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 22% of hospital consultant episodes for systemic lupus erythematosus required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 8.8 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for systemic lupus erythematosus in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 4 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for systemic lupus erythematosus in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 41 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for systemic lupus erythematosus in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 81% of hospital consultant episodes for systemic lupus erythematosus occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 2% of hospital consultant episodes for systemic lupus erythematosus occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 47% of hospital consultant episodes for systemic lupus erythematosus were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.03% (15,550) of hospital bed days were for systemic lupus erythematosus in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
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Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Understanding Autoimmune Disease: NIAID
2. excerpt from Lupus Fact Sheet: NWHIC
3. Rose and Mackay, 1998, The Autoimmune Diseases, Third Edition
4. excerpt from Connective Tissue Diseases: NWHIC

Last revision: June 2, 2003

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