An historical review of systemic lupus erythematosus in Latin America

Antonio Iglesias Gamarra, Eric L. Matteson, Antonio Iglesias Rodriquez, Melissa Iglesias Rodriguez, Jose Felix Restrepo Suarez

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In this paper we highlight the role and contributions of Latin American researchers in the study of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). The first case of SLE in the world was probably from a mummy from the Huary culture in Peru from about 890 AD, which was extensively studied by macroscopic examination and with light and electronic microscopy, as well as conventional radiography. From the end of the 19th century to the present date there have been many contributions of Latin Americans to the knowledge base of SLE. In this article, we discuss the initial observations of SLE in Latin America and then more specifically review the most important contributions to knowledge about SLE made by physicians in individual Latin American countries, as well as the Gladel group (Latin American group for the study of SLE). The investigation of lupus continues to be pursued by a very dedicated group of Latin American researchers, who continue to enhance our understanding of the pathogenesis and treatment of this condition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)RA171-RA185
JournalMedical Science Monitor
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2004


  • History
  • Latin America
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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