What is the role of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in the etiology of acute pericarditis?

Updated: Apr 02, 2019
  • Author: Sean Spangler, MD; Chief Editor: Terrence X O'Brien, MD, MS, FACC  more...
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Clinically evident pericarditis has been reported in 25% of patients with SLE and usually occurs in lupus flare-ups, but it may be the presenting manifestation. Autopsy series reveal pericardial involvement in 62% of lupus patients.


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