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There are no current guidelines for the prevention of systemic lupus erythematosus because the cause is unknown. The only known risk factors are things that can't be modified, such as gender, age, family history, and ethnic background.

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  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated April 29, 2016. Accessed May 17, 2016.

  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). The Merck Manual Professional Edition website. Available at: http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/musculoskeletal%5Fand%5Fconnective%5Ftissue%5Fdisorders/autoimmune%5Frheumatic%5Fdisorders/systemic%5Flupus%5Ferythematosus%5Fsle.html. Updated June 2013. Accessed May 17, 2016.

  • Treating lupus. Lupus Foundation of America website. Available at: http://www.lupus.org/answers/topic/treating-lupus. Updated July 12, 2013. Accessed May 17, 2016.