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Acta Reumatológica Portuguesa - Online First: 2021-10-14
Images in rheumatology

Abdominal pain in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: About a rare cause

Leal MdS, Pereira AC, Aguiar R, Barcelos A


Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune disease with potential multisystemic involvement. Mesenteric panniculitis (MP) has been described as a rare feature in patients with SLE. The authors present a case of a 26 years old patient with previous diagnosis of SLE presenting with abdominal pain and distension and a peri-umbilical mass. Imagological findings were compatible with MP and ganglion biopsy revealed inflammatory pattern. Corticosteroid therapy was initiated with a resolution of pain after 6 months of treatment, with image reevaluation showing improvement of previous findings.