Persistent pulmonary hemorrhage as the sole initial clinical manifestation of pediatric systemic lupus erythematosus

Y. Uziel, R. M. Laxer, E. D. Silverman

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Abstract

Pulmonary hemorrhage (PH) is a rare but potentially life-threatening manifestation of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). In this report we describe a 13 year old girl with PH as the sole presenting clinical manifestation of her SLE. Her serology was diagnostic of SLE and one year after presentation she developed arthritis. She had a rapid serologic but delayed clinical response to combination therapy of intravenous pulse methylprednisolone, pulse cyclophosphamide and daily prednisone. Awareness of the possibility of pulmonary hemorrhage as a presentation of SLE may aid in the diagnosis and early, aggressive management of this condition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)697-700
Number of pages4
JournalClinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Volume15
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1997
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Children
  • Pulmonary hemorrhage
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus

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