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Echocardiographic findings in systemic lupus erythematosus

Authors
Journal
The American Journal of Cardiology
0002-9149
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
61
Issue
13
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0002-9149(88)90150-6
Disciplines
  • Biology
  • Medicine

Abstract

Abstract Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) frequently has cardiovascular complications. Pericardial inflammation and effusion, myocardial hypertrophy, ventricular dysfunction, valvular disease and coronary atherosclerosis may result in considerable morbidity. While the pathologic findings in SLE have been well described, 1–3 the antemortem documentation of the cardiac complications has been less frequent than the postmortem findings would support. We therefore sought to study how echocardiography may improve the clinical assessment of cardiac involvement in 50 consecutive patients with SLE.

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