Issue: 2015 > July > case report

Myelopathy in systemic lupus erythematosus: a case report and a review of the literature

L. Hamming, R. van der Meulen, A. Vergouwen, C. Siegert
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Myelopathy, a severe condition characterised by paraparesis, sensory deficits and sphincter dysfunction, is one of the neuropsychiatric manifestations that have been described in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). SLE-associated myelopathy may confront clinicians with a challenging decision-making process due to the broad differential diagnosis, the lack of disease-specific findings, and the urgency to initiate immunosuppressive therapy early in the course of the disease to favourably affect outcome.