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Case Reports in Rheumatology
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 797696, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/797696
Case Report

A Rare Case of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus with Chylous Ascites and Chylothorax

1Department of Internal Medicine, Katip Celebi University, Ataturk Research and Training Hospital, 586/1 Sokak, Sezen Sitesi, Guzelbahce, 35340 Izmir, Turkey
2Department of Rheumatology, Katip Celebi University, Ataturk Research and Training Hospital, 586/1 Sokak, Sezen Sitesi, Guzelbahce, 35340 Izmir, Turkey
3Department of Hematology, Antalya Research and Training Hospital, 07100 Antalya, Turkey

Received 11 May 2013; Accepted 10 June 2013

Academic Editors: P. Njobvu, M. Salazar-Paramo, and F. Schiavon

Copyright © 2013 Dilek Ersil Soysal 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

During the course of the disease a patient with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) may develop inflammation of one or more serous membranes, resulting in pleural, peritoneal, or pericardial effusion. Chylous ascites and chylothorax have rarely been described in patients with SLE. Therefore, in parallel with the analysis of blood samples, detailed analysis of the effusions should be carried out. Supportive measures are often needed to relieve the symptoms of chylothorax or chylous ascites together with the treatment of the primary disease. The available literature had reported just 4 cases of chylous ascites and/or chylothorax in association with SLE, and this patient presented here is one of the rare cases apart from the reported ones.