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December 2, 1968

Thrombosis of Renal Veins and Inferior Vena Cava Complicating Lupus Nephritis

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Hospital, Baltimore.

JAMA. 1968;206(10):2315-2317. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03150100065021

Renal vein thrombosis and lupus nephritis may share many clinical features. The former is usually secondary to underlying renal disease but has not been previously associated with lupus nephritis. Inferior vena cava and renal vein thrombosis developed in a patient with lupus erythematosus. The diagnosis was suggested by clinical findings and established by roentgenographic visualization of the inferior vena cava. She was treated conservatively, and after 18 months the only residual change was persistent proteinuria.