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Case Reports in Rheumatology
Volume 2016, Article ID 6347901, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/6347901
Case Report

A Unique Case of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Pelvic Vasculitis

Division of Rheumatology, Cooper University Hospital, Camden, NJ, USA

Received 6 September 2016; Revised 8 December 2016; Accepted 18 December 2016

Academic Editor: Mehmet Soy

Copyright © 2016 Pamela Traisak 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

The clinical presentation of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) is diverse and vasculitis can be a potential manifestation. Cutaneous lesions involving small vessels are the most frequent presentation. However, medium and large vessel vasculitis may present with life-threatening visceral manifestations. We present a unique case of pelvic vasculitis mimicking a pelvic mass as an initial presentation of SLE. There are case reports of systemic vasculitis involving the female genital tract with giant cell arteritis (GCA), polyarteritis nodosa (PAN), and granulomatous with polyangiitis and microscopic polyangiitis (GPA/MPA), among others, but only a few cases attributed to SLE. Awareness of this condition and a prompt diagnosis are warranted as this is a severe and potentially life-threatening condition.