Irish Journal of Medical Science (1971 -)

, Volume 187, Issue 3, pp 723–730 | Cite as

Prevalence of pulmonary hypertension in systemic lupus erythematosus: a meta-analysis

  • Tian-Tian Lv
  • Peng Wang
  • Shi-Yang Guan
  • Hong-Miao Li
  • Xiao-Mei Li
  • Bin Wang
  • Hai-Feng Pan
Review Article


Background and aims

Pulmonary hypertension (PH) has been suggested to be associated with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). However, the results of prevalence studies on PH in SLE vary substantially. To derive a more precise estimation on the prevalence of PH in SLE, a meta-analysis was performed.


Relevant literatures were searched in PubMed and EMBASE until November 2017. A total of 1366 articles were obtained after searching databases, and 23 studies were finally included in the meta-analysis. Heterogeneity test was performed, and publication bias was evaluated.


The result of analysis in random effect model showed that the pooled prevalence was 8% (95%CI 5–12%). There was no evidence of publication bias (p = 0.51). To evaluate the stability of our results, sensitivity analyses were performed, and the results showed no significant change when any one study was excluded. Subgroup analyses demonstrated that there were significant differences in PH prevalence in SLE patients of different gender, age, regions, year of publication, and diagnostic methods.


PH is prevalent in SLE patients, but it was significantly different between different gender, age, regions, year of publication, and diagnostic methods.


Meta-analysis Prevalence study Pulmonary hypertension Systemic lupus erythematosus 



This study was funded by grants from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (grant no. 81573222, 81573217).

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tian-Tian Lv
    • 1
    • 2
  • Peng Wang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Shi-Yang Guan
    • 1
    • 2
  • Hong-Miao Li
    • 1
    • 2
  • Xiao-Mei Li
    • 3
  • Bin Wang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Hai-Feng Pan
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public HealthAnhui Medical UniversityHefeiPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Anhui Province Key Laboratory of Major Autoimmune DiseasesHefeiChina
  3. 3.Department of RheumatologyAnhui Provincial HospitalHefeiChina

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