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American Journal of Medical Sciences and Medicine. 2015, 3(5), 70-73
DOI: 10.12691/ajmsm-3-5-3
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Acute Pancreatitis in the Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: A Case Series of Three Patients

Raouf Hajji1, , Imed Ben Ghorbel2, Mounir Lamloum2, Amira Hamzaoui2, Monia Khanfir2 and Mohammed Habib Houman2

1Internal Medicine Department, Sidi Bouzid Hospital, Ibn Aljazzar Medicine Faculty of Sousse, Tunisia

2Internal Medicine Department, La Rabta University Hospital, Medicine Faculty of Tunis, Tunisia

Pub. Date: November 17, 2015

Cite this paper:
Raouf Hajji, Imed Ben Ghorbel, Mounir Lamloum, Amira Hamzaoui, Monia Khanfir and Mohammed Habib Houman. Acute Pancreatitis in the Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: A Case Series of Three Patients. American Journal of Medical Sciences and Medicine. 2015; 3(5):70-73. doi: 10.12691/ajmsm-3-5-3

Abstract

Background: Acute pancreatitis is a rare but life threatening complication of the systemic lupus erythematosus. We report three cases of lupus-associated pancreatitis. Case reports: Two women and one man with a mean age of 28 years presented with lupus pancreatitis. In our patients, it occurred after the lupus diagnosis with a delay average of 5.3 months. It is associated in these cases with other organ involvement. Clinical, biological and abdominal Computed tomography results confirm the diagnosis. The evolution after steroids and immunosuppressive is marked in all patients with good outcomes. Conclusion: Although it is a life threatening complication, acute pancreatitis in lupus can have good prognosis provided that early diagnosis and appropriate management based on corticosteroid therapy and symptomatic treatment were established.

Keywords:
systemic lupus erythematosus acute pancreatitis

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