Korean J Med.  2013 Jan;84(1):141-144.

A Case of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Diagnosed by Initial Presentation of Digital Gangrene

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  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Hallym University Sacred Heart Hospital, Anyang, Korea. yiseo@hallym.or.kr
  • 2Department of Radiology, Hallym University Sacred Heart Hospital, Anyang, Korea.

Abstract

Although digital gangrene is an uncommon clinical feature, it may lead to serious complications, such as amputation. Therefore, it requires prompt evaluation and treatment. Digital gangrene is often seen in systemic sclerosis, but is rare in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). In SLE, digital gangrene results from vasculitis, vasospasm, and thromboembolism. Here, we report a 15-year-old male SLE patient who initially presented with digital gangrene, and present a review of the relevant literature.

Keyword

Digital gangrene; Systemic lupus erythematosus
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