Acute pancreatitis related to anticardiolipin antibodies in lupus patients visiting an emergency department

Tsann Sheng Yeh, Chrong Reen Wang, Yuan Teh Lee, Che Yen Chuang, Chen Yen Chen

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Abstract

Four patients with systemic lupus erythematosus visiting an emergency department were reported with clinical presentation of acute pancreatitis. All had high levels of anticardiolipin antibodies (aCL); at autopsy, one had multiple thrombi within the blood vessels of the pancreas. The aCL antibody might play an important role in the pathogenesis of acute pancreatitis. Three patients had multiple organ involvement, especially the central nervous system, concomitant with an acute attack of pancreatitis; all died from these complications. Thus it was suggested that initial acute pancreatitis is an omnious prognostic factor in lupus patients visiting an emergency department. When evaluating lupus patients visiting an emergency department, clinicians should be alert to the status of aCL and the possibility of pancreatitis in these patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)230-232
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Emergency Medicine
Volume11
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1993 May

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Emergency Medicine

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