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CASE REPORT
Year : 2012  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 199-203

Disseminated tuberculosis in a patient with systemic lupus erythematosus


1 Department of Medicine, Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences, Tirupati, India
2 Department of Radiodiagnosis, Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences, Tirupati, India
3 Department of Pathology, Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences, Tirupati, India

Correspondence Address:
Alladi Mohan
Professor and Head, Department of Medicine, Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences, Tirupati 517507
India
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Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a systemic autoimmune disorder. Intercurrent infections and nephritis are important causes of mortality in SLE. Among infections, tuberculosis (TB) is of particular importance as SLE patients are more susceptible to develop active TB, prior TB can precipitate SLE in genetically susceptible individuals and similar clinical presentations of SLE flare and TB may lead to delayed diagnosis. We report a patient with SLE, who developed disseminated TB. The present case highlights the importance of a high index of suspicion and focussed evaluation in the diagnosis of intercurrent infections, particularly TB in patients with SLE.


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