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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2015, Article ID 414102, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/414102
Case Report

Diffuse Calcifications of the Spleen in a Woman with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

1Department of Experimental Physiology, School of Medicine, University of Athens, 75 Mikras Asias Street, 11527 Athens, Greece
2Medical Center of Athens, 5-7 Distomou Street, 15125 Marousi, Greece

Received 2 June 2015; Accepted 6 August 2015

Academic Editor: Kenneth C. Kalunian

Copyright © 2015 Aristeides G. Vaiopoulos 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 a multisystemic autoimmune disease, which affects a wide variety of organs including the spleen. Splenic involvement in SLE includes conditions such as splenomegaly, hyposplenism, infarction, and spontaneous rupture. However, only a few cases of splenic calcifications in patients with SLE have been reported. Herein, we present a case of a 24-year-old female diagnosed with SLE, in which we found diffuse splenic calcifications. The unique pattern of splenic calcifications in SLE contributes to the differential diagnosis from other conditions such as infections and other connective tissue diseases, which also cause calcifications in the spleen.