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Case Reports in Pediatrics
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 896014, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/896014
Case Report

Invasive Group B Streptococcal Disease in Two Pediatric Patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

1Department of Pediatrics, The Brooklyn Hospital Center, 121 DeKalb Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA
2Department of Pediatrics, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Patterson, NJ 07503, USA

Received 27 February 2013; Accepted 19 March 2013

Academic Editors: N.-C. Chiu, S. M. Dehghani, M. Ehlayel, D. Fischer, B. Resch, A. Spalice, and P. Visrutaratna

Copyright © 2013 Dongning Wu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune disease associated with high morbidity and mortality, often caused by infection. We report two patients with SLE who were treated with steroids and immunosuppressive medication and then developed invasive Group B Streptococcus (GBS) infections. While GBS infection is rare in the nonneonatal pediatric age group, GBS should be considered when treating SLE patients presenting with signs of infection.