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Acute lupus pneumonitis as the initial presentation of systemic lupus erythematosus
  1. Chloé Cantero,
  2. Rechana Vongthilath and
  3. Jérôme Plojoux
  1. Division of Pulmonary Diseases, Geneva University Hospitals, Geneva, Switzerland
  1. Correspondence to Dr Chloé Cantero; chloe.cantero{at}


Systemic lupus erythematosus is a multisystem autoimmune disease with wide-ranging pleuropulmonary manifestations. Acute lupus pneumonitis is one of its uncommon complications. We report a 36-year-old woman with acute lupus pneumonitis as the initial presentation of systemic lupus erythematosus. Clinical, biological, radiological and functional improvements were noticed with the administration of steroids, hydroxychloroquine and immunoglobulin.

  • interstitial lung disease
  • respiratory medicine
  • systemic lupus erythematosus
  • immunology

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  • Contributors CC and RV were involved in the investigations having led to diagnosis. CC contacted the patient to obtain written consent and contributed to manuscript writing, review of literature and editing the final version of the manuscript. RV and JP provided guidance in preparing the article and contributed substantially to revising the manuscript.

  • 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.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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