J Korean Rheum Assoc.  2001 Dec;8(4):268-272.

A Case of Acute Acalculous Cholecystitis in a Patient with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Chonnam National University Medical School, Korea. shinseok@chonnam.ac.kr
  • 2Kwang-Ju Dong-A Hospital, Kwangju, Korea.


Several gastrointestinal complications have been reported in association with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE),including mesenteric vasculitis,bowel perforation,gastric or duodenal ulcer,necrotizing enterocolitis,spontaneous peritonitis,pancreatitis,spontaneous rupture of the liver or spleen and hepatomegaly.Acute acalculous cholecystitis is a rare disease that occurs in only 5~10%of patients with acute cholecystitis,typically in seriously ill patients. Reports of gallbladder diseases in patients with SLE are very scarce.Only seven cases of SLE complicated with acalculous cholecystitis have been reported so far, but not in Korea.Six cases were treated surgically by cholecystectomy or cholecystostomy,and one case was treated without surgical intervention.We added a case in which acute acalculous cholecystitis accompanying SLE was treated successfully by corticosteroid without surgical intervention.


Systemic lupus erythematosus; Acute acalculous cholecystitis
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