A Rare Case of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus with Gastric Ulcer and Acute Pancreatitis: A Case Report and Literature Review

Vijay Gayam, Amrendra Kumar Mandal, Mazin Khalid, Jaspreet Kaler, Shivani Thapa, Pavani Garlapati, Arshpal Gill, Ragin Alex, Binav Shrestha

Abstract


Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic inflammatory disease which can manifest in many different organ systems. Gastrointestinal (GI) involvement is common in SLE, but the symptoms are usually mild. More severe GI complications including acute pancreatitis and peptic ulcer bleeding are rare but represent a significant risk of morbidity and mortality. We present a case of a 25-year-old Hispanic female with a severe SLE flare. The initial presentation included symptoms of hematemesis and epigastric abdominal pain secondary to both gastric ulceration and acute pancreatitis, an atypical presentation of an SLE flare. The non-specific symptom of abdominal pain makes both acute pancreatitis and gastric ulcer disease a clinical challenge; however, clinicians need to have a high suspicion for these conditions co-existing at the same time due to higher mortality rates.




Gastroenterol Res. 2018;11(4):321-325
doi: https://doi.org/10.14740/gr1048w

Keywords


Systemic lupus erythematosus; Acute pancreatitis; Gastric ulcer

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