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January 1987

Complete Heart Block as the Initial Manifestation of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Rheumatology-Immunology, Department of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta.

Arch Intern Med. 1987;147(1):170-171. doi:10.1001/archinte.1987.00370010168034

• Complete heart block is a rare complication of systemic lupus erythematosus, as well as other rheumatic diseases. We describe a patient with systemic lupus erythematosus who presented with complete heart block as the initial manifestation of the disease. Anti-Sjögren's syndrome antibodies as well as antiribonucleoprotein antibodies were present in the patient's serum.

(Arch Intern Med 1987;147:170-171)