The lung in systemic lupus erythematosus

Academic Article


  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a complex systemic disease associated with autoantibody production, immune-complex formation, and alterations in cellular immunity that can affect multiple organs. Respiratory system abnormalities may occur as a direct result of SLE-induced injury (e.g., lupus pneumonitis, microangiitis with alveolar hemorrhage), or more commonly, as a secondary manifestation of the immunosuppressed state. It is imperative to exclude infection and other secondary problems in patients with SLE who present with pleuro-pulmonary disease. High-dose corticosteroids are the mainstay of treatment for most patients with primary pulmonary complications of SLE, with other immunosuppressive agents being reserved for refractory cases.
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    Author List

  • De Andrade J; Kennedy JI
  • Start Page

  • 169
  • End Page

  • 178
  • Volume

  • 20
  • Issue

  • 2