Severe Abdominal Pain and Multi-Organ Involvement in a Young Woman With Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Ayu Paramaiswari, Anita Kusumawati, Dhite Bayu Nugroho


Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a complex autoimmune disease characterized by diverse clinical manifestations and a broad spectrum of disease course and prognosis. Often presenting over an extended period, delays in diagnosis can significantly influence patient management and survival, particularly when faced with rare complications such as digestive system manifestations. This case report uniquely highlights the diagnostic and therapeutic challenges posed by severe abdominal pain in a young woman suspected of SLE, with a symptom often masked by steroid therapy or immunosuppression. The diagnostic journey, which led to the identification of SLE as the cause of abdominal pain, involved differentiating SLE from various abdominal pathologies including abdominal vasculitis, gastrointestinal syndrome, antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, pancreatitis, urinary tract infections, and obstetric-gynecological abnormalities. This case underlines the critical need for accurate, timely diagnosis, and targeted therapy in managing SLE, emphasizing the potential implications of such complexities on patient outcomes.

J Med Cases. 2023;14(6):196-199


Systemic lupus erythematosus; Abdominal pain; Lupus mesenteric vasculitis; Dyspepsia

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