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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 61  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 129-130

Systemic lupus erythematosus presenting as acute lupus pneumonitis in a young female

Department of Medicine, Nilratan Sircar Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

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B Chattopadhyay
Department of Medicine, Nilratan Sircar Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal
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DOI: 10.4103/0022-3859.150902

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Acute lupus pneumonitis is a rare initial presentation of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). We report a 19-year-old female presenting with fever and recurrent hemoptysis with radiological evidence of parenchymal lung involvement with mild pleural effusion. Subsequent development of malar and discoid rash with anti-nuclear antibodies (ANA) and anti-dsDNA positivity clinched the diagnosis. Her clinical signs and symptoms resolved with a course of intravenous pulse methyl-prednisolone along with radiological resolution.


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