We report an interesting case of hepatitis C virus-negative type II cryoglobulinaemic vasculitis (CV) in a patient with a background history of systemic lupus erythematosus. The type II CV became less responsive to traditional treatments over time and culminated in an intensive care unit admission with critical multiorgan failure. A detailed flow cytometric evaluation of the bone marrow proved to be helpful in treatment. It demonstrated that bortezomib was a viable alternative treatment option for the type II CV. The patient received bortezomib and has made a full and durable recovery.
- connective tissue disease
- systemic lupus erythematosus
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Contributors KD: interviewed the patient and constructed the initial and final drafts of the written piece. EV: provided direct clinical care in the case and edited the article. SS and RO: provided direct clinical care and edited the article.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
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