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July 19, 1976

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus With a Protein-Losing Enteropathy

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medicine, Division of Connective Tissues (Dr Masi), and Section of Rheumatology (Dr Trentham), University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences, Memphis. Dr Trentham is a Research Fellow in Rheumatology.

JAMA. 1976;236(3):287-288. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03270030041027

Anasarca with pronounced hypoalbuminemia developed in a young woman 15 months after the onset of a mild, arthralgic type of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) without evidence of active nephritis. Investigation indicated a gastrointestinal rather than a renal site for protein loss. A full clinical remission was achieved with low-dose corticosteroid therapy.

(JAMA 236:287-288, 1976)