Fatal Pulmonary and Cerebral Fat Embolism in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

David A. Katz, Jonathan Ben-Ezra, Stephen M. Factor, Dikran S. Horoupian*, Sidney Goldfischer

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A patient with an eight-year history of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and recent onset of recurrent psychosis died after acute deterioration of cardiopulmonary status and level of consciousness. Autopsy disclosed massive pulmonary hemorrhage and unsuspected fat emboli in the lungs, kidney, and brain. This article discusses the significance of systemic fat embolism in SLE, with reference to corticosteroid therapy, fatal pulmonary hemorrhage, and lupus psychosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2666-2669
Number of pages4
JournalJAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association
Issue number19
StatePublished - 18 Nov 1983
Externally publishedYes


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