Gastrointestinal involvement is often seen in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). All parts of the gastrointestinal tract may be affected. However, rectal involvement at onset is rare. We describe here a case of SLE in which rectal ulcers due to vasculitis occurred as the initial manifestation of the disease without involvement of any other organ. The ulcers worsened, along with the appearance of lupus nephritis 5 years later. When steroid therapy was initiated, there was rapid clinical and radiographic improvement. Our case suggests that rectal ulcer is a rare but important complication of SLE and can represent the initial and sole clinical manifestation of the disease.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Clinical and experimental rheumatology|
|Publication status||Published - 2002 May 1|
- Rectal ulcer
- Systemic lupus erythematosus
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Immunology and Allergy