Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Presenting as Superior Vena Cava Syndrome Associated With Anticardiolipin Antibodies

Erdem, Yunus; Haznedaroglu, Ibrahim C.; Oymak, Oktay; Yalçin, Ahmet Ugur; Yasavul, Ünal; Turgan, Çetin; Çaglar, Sali
October 1996
Clinical & Applied Thrombosis/Hemostasis;Fall1996, Vol. 2 Issue 4, p289
Academic Journal
A case of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) presenting as superior vena cava syndrome is presented. This 19-year-old woman was admitted for headache and swelling in her face and neck. Initial evaluation revealed that she had a superior vena cava syndrome. Thoracal computed tomography (CT) and intravenous digital substraction angiography demonstrated the occlusion in the superior vena cava. ANA and antiDNA titers were high and anticardiolipin antibodies were positive. Along wit immunosuppressive treatment, she had been administered intravenous streptokinase. To our knowledge, no SLE patient presenting with such an unusual form has been described in the English literature.


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