The systemic capillary leak syndrome (SCLS), also known as Clarkson’s disease, is a life-threatening disorder of unknown cause. It is characterised by recurrent acute episodes of hypotension, weight gain and generalised oedema with haemoconcentration and hypoproteinaemia caused by paroxysmal capillary hyperpermeability with a shift of plasma fluid from the intravascular to the interstitial space. We report the case of a 40-year-old woman with chronic SCLS treated with high-dose intravenous immunoglobulins, after a prophylactic therapy with theophylline and terbutaline was poorly tolerated and failed to decrease the frequency and severity of the attacks sufficiently.
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