Case Report

Refractory Chylothorax ; A rare presentation of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus ( SLE )

Adrian Mark Masnammany, Asmahan Mohamad
Rheumatology Unit, Hospital Raja Perempuan Zainab II, Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Malaysia.

Worldwide Medicine 2019; 1(6): 214-216 | DOI: 10.5455/ww.59800      PDF


Abstract


5-10% of SLE patients can present with pleuritis as their initial manifestation. However, chylothorax is a rare finding in patients with SLE. A 27 year old lady presented with refractory bilateral chylothorax of unknown etiology and was later diagnosed as SLE. Her chylothorax resolved with immunosuppressive therapy, however had a recurring course throughout her follow up.

Keywords: serositis, chylothorax, effusion, sle, refractory