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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Rare manifestation of acute pulmonary edema associated with acute lupus myocarditis.

May 2012

[Article in English, Portuguese]


Instituto do Coração, HC, FM, USP, São Paulo, SP, Brasil.


Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) is the most common systemic autoimmune disease, occurring more frequently in women, usually aged between 16 and 55 years1,2. Although classically the kidneys are the organs most affected in SLE, cardiopulmonary circulation and the heart may also be affected significantly3. In this context, the occurrence of acute pulmonary edema associated with lupus myocarditis is rare and specific immunosuppressive therapy remains unclear.

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