Chorea, a little-known manifestation in systemic lupus erythematosus: Short literature review and four case reports

Sofia Torreggiani, Marta Torcoletti, Federica Cuoco, Giancarla Di Landro, Antonella Petaccia, Fabrizia Corona

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Abstract

Chorea is a movement disorder that may be found in children due to several causes. Here we focus especially on Systemic Lupus Erythematosus associated chorea. First we outline its epidemiology, hypothesized pathogenesis, clinical presentation and treatment, then we report four significant clinical cases, which represent well the extreme variability of set of symptoms that may accompany lupus chorea. Our experience, according to literature, suggests that choreic movements in a child should alert the pediatrician and lead him to investigate a potential neurological involvement of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.

Original languageEnglish
Article number36
JournalPediatric Rheumatology
Volume11
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 16 2013

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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