Dramatic development of severe SLE in a patient with an incomplete disease

Giovanna Fabio, M. Carrabba, C. Hu, M. Floriani, C. Besana

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This case report describes the previously-unreported clinical course of a patient with a so-called incomplete systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), i.e. symptoms related to one organ system only, together with the presence of ANA. He had an indolent course initially and developed, 6 months after the first symptoms, a severe disease with rapid appearance of major and unusual manifestations. The possibility of fast progression and a grave course of an incomplete SLE should be kept in mind. This report is meant to heighten awareness of such an atypical presentation so that prompt and aggressive immunosuppressive therapy may be instituted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)543-547
Number of pages5
JournalRheumatology International
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2005


  • Abdominal pseudo-obstruction
  • Angioedema
  • Arterial thrombosis
  • Epididymo-orchitis
  • Incomplete-LES

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology

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