Primary lupus-associated protein-losing enteropathy

R. L. Sunheimer, C. Finck, S. Mortazavi, C. McMahon, M. R. Pincus

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Abstract

A 79-year-old native American female with a history of diabetes mellitus, but no history of hepatic or renal disease, presented with anasarca and hypoalbuminemia. Laboratory tests for fecal α1-antitrypsin and an indium III-labeled plasma transferrin nuclear scan revealed a protein-losing enteropathy. A serological test was positive for antinuclear antibody in a titer of 1:1250 with a homogeneous pattern. This finding combined with low normal serum complement levels suggested the diagnosis of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). This case is unusual in that protein-losing enteropathy was the only presenting symptoms. The late onset of this disease is also unusual.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-242
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of Clinical and Laboratory Science
Volume24
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes

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