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Transthoracic echocardiogram views revealing collapse of the right atrium during atrial diastole (red arrowheads) and of the right ventricle during ventricular diastole (red arrows).

Cardiac Tamponade: An Unusual Presentation of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

A 55-year-old Ghanaian man was admitted to our service with 4 days of acute, progressive dyspnea. He developed orthopnea the night prior to his admission. Review of systems revealed progressive asthenia, anorexia, and low-grade fever for the past few months, with an unintentional weight loss of approximately 40 lbs. No other symptoms were elicited. The […]

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Abdominal radiograph (supine position) showing multiple air-filled, centrally located bowel loops.

Presumptive Lupus Enteritis

A 22-year-old student of engineering presented with a 2-week history of facial puffiness and pedal edema. Investigations revealed anemia, lymphopenia, urinary nephritic sediment, low complements, antinuclear antibodies with a homogenous pattern on immunofluorescence, and high titers of anti–double-stranded DNA antibodies. A renal biopsy was performed, and the results were uneventful. It confirmed class 4 lupus […]

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Abdominal ultrasonography showing edema of the jejunal wall and moderate ascites, in cross-section (A) and longitudinal section (B).

An Unusual Cause of Abdominal Pain: Lupus Enteritis

Lupus enteritis is a rare manifestation of systemic lupus erythematous and is considered as a form of visceral vasculitis involving predominantly the jejunum and ileum, with subsequent submucosal edema. Clinical presentation is nonspecific, and main symptoms include focal or diffuse abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever. Even if there is no pathognomonic imaging feature of lupus […]

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Systemic Lupus Erythematosus in an Elderly Man

  We present the case of an 84-year-old white man with a remote history of an axillary liposarcoma and basal cell carcinoma who presented to the emergency department after 4 days of knee pain, extreme fatigue, weakness, and malaise. Although he was without chest pain, his electrocardiogram showed diffuse ST elevations. There was no troponin […]

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