Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine / 2013 / Article / Tab 4

Research Article

Chinese Herbal Medicine (Zi Shen Qing) for Mild-to-Moderate Systematic Lupus Erythematosus: A Pilot Prospective, Single-Blinded, Randomized Controlled Study

Table 4

Baseline demographic and clinical characteristics of the patients.

CharacteristicZSQ group ( )Control group ( ) value

Age, yr32.7 ± 13.634.8 ± 14.30.46
Education, yr10.5 ± 3.710.6 ± 3.90.35
BMI, kg/m222.1 ± 2.622.7 ± 3.10.44
Female ( , %)39 (92.8%)38 (90.48%)0.67
Disease duration, yr4.7 ± 4.45.0 ± 4.60.79
Dosage of prednisone, mg/d10.2 ± 6.410.6 ± 6.60.62
SLEDAI scores10.5 ± 2.210.7 ± 2.10.51
SLE manifestations ( , %)
 Nephritis32 (76.2%)34 (81.0%)
 Arthritis 20 (47.6%)18 (42.9%)
 Dermatitis24 (57.1%)21 (50.0%)>0.05
 Central nervous system2 (4.8%)
1 (2.4%)
 Lymphopenia9 (21.4%)8 (19.0%)
 Thrombocytopenia 6 (14.3%)7 (16.7%)
 Pericarditis 1 (2.3%)0 (0.0%)
Total scores of CMS19.5 ± 3.919.7 ± 3.90.80
Anti-dsDNA (IU/mL)89.8 ± 72.989.2 ± 80.50.63
C3 (g/L)0.8 ± 0.30.8 ± 0.20.47
C4 (g/L)0.2 ± 0.10.3 ± 0.10.61
IgG (g/L)18.7 ± 5.417.9 ± 2.80.38
NK cell activity (%)14.5 ± 8.814.0 ± 6.20.78
sIL-2R (pg/mL, PM)40.8 ± 8.640.1 ± 14.80.80

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