Increased gingival blood vessel density in SLE patients

Quintessence International , 05/04/2012

Scardina GA et al. – This study showed significant modifications of gingival microcirculation in Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients.

Methods

  • Fifteen SLE patients and 15 healthy subjects were recruited for this study.
  • Gingival microcirculation was investigated using videocapillaroscopy, a noninvasive technique that permits the in vivo evaluation of microvascular patterns.

Results

  • Significant differences between patients and controls for the capillary density were seen.
  • An increase of mean capillary density was observed in SLE patients (105.5 ± 3.41) (P < .05).

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