Longitudinal Myelitis as a Rare First Symptom of Lupus in Overlap Syndrome
Beata WILCZEK-PARADOWSKA1, Michal PARADOWSKI2
1Department of Neurology, 4th Military Hospital With Polyclinic, Wroclaw, Poland
2Department of Neurology, Medical University Wroclaw, Wroclaw, Poland
Keywords: Systemic lupus erythematosus, magnetic resonance imaging, Sjögren’s syndrome
In this article, we present a 46-year-old female patient who had been diagnosed with Sjögren’s syndrome for 14 years. After initial non-specific signs of abdominal and back pain, neurological symptoms were observed, leading to a final diagnosis of overlap syndrome of neuropsychiatric systemic lupus erythematosus and Sjögren’s syndrome. Inflammatory myelopathy, referred to as longitudinal myelitis, caused severe and persistent neurological deficit in our patient. The provided magnetic resonance imaging scans of the spine show initial and one-year follow-up changes. Thus, we report rare and severe initial symptoms of lupus.
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