Screening of acute psychiatric admissions for previously undiagnosed systemic lupus erythematosus

Hopkinson, N. O.; Bendall, P.; Powell, R. J.; Hopkinson, N D
July 1992
British Journal of Psychiatry;Jul92, Vol. 161, p107
Academic Journal
journal article
An auto-antibody screen for SLE, which included antinuclear antibodies, was performed on 296 patients admitted to acute psychiatric and psychogeriatric wards. Three cases (1% of those screened) of previously undiagnosed SLE were found, and one patient was found to have autoimmune chronic active hepatitis. An auto-antibody screen may be a useful investigation in psychiatric practice.


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