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A rare form of anemia in systemic lupus erythematosus

C.A. Mansoor, R. Narayan
  • R. Narayan
    Department of Internal Medicine, M.E.S. Medical College, Perinthalmanna, Kerala, India


Mechanisms responsible for anemia in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) can be immune or non-immune. A 27-year-old previously healthy woman was admitted with echymotic patches over the lower limbs for six months, multiple joint pain and fatigue for 2 months. She had severe pallor and multiple echymotic patches over the lower limbs. She was diagnosed with SLE with pernicious anemia and iron deficiency anemia. The rare association of SLE with pernicious anemia was reported previously in few patients. Treatment of SLE along with B12 supplementation is necessary for such patients. Since etiology for anemia in SLE can be of various kinds, a detailed workup for identifying the underlying mechanism is necessary.


Lupus; Perinicious anemia.

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Submitted: 2017-02-23 15:04:30
Published: 2017-09-21 12:06:25
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