This study sought to mathematically define canine systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) by unifying diagnostic criteria proposed by others. Thirty-one cases of canine SLE were selected for modeling when 4 different published schemes agreed on the diagnosis, and 122 controls were selected when a patient's status met no scheme's criteria. The log-linear method showed an association between SLE and polyarthritis, hematologic abnormalities, renal damage, dermatologic disorders, and antinuclear antibody test response (positive). Logistic regression was then used to derive a predictive algorithm that could identify cases and controls with which all published criteria would be in accordance. The final equation correctly classified 93.5% of the affected dogs and 98.4% of the controls. It was concluded that the log-linear and logistic regression models are useful for the diagnosis of clinically similar, but distinguishable, disease states.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||American Journal of Veterinary Research|
|State||Published - Nov 1985|
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