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June 1974

Nasal Septal Perforation in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Author Affiliations

Farmington, Conn
From the Division of Otorhinolaryngology and Facial Plastic Surgery (Drs. Snyder, McCarthy, and Toomey) and the Department of Medicine (Dr. Rothfield), University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1974;99(6):456-457. doi:10.1001/archotol.1974.00780030470016

Nine cases of nasal septal perforation occurred due to systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). This complication is most likely to occur during an exacerbation of the disease some months or years after the diagnosis of SLE has been established. Epistaxis is a constant initial symptom. Such perforations tend to persist, gradually enlarge, and become symptomatic during subsequent exacerbations of the underlying disease. Conservative treatment is indicated.

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