Male systemic lupus erythematosus, an overlooked diagnosis

  • Maria do Socorro Teixeira Moreira Almeida | esteios@uol.com.br Reumatologia da Universidade Federal do Piauí, Hospital Getúlio Vargas, Brazil.
  • Josué da Costa Arcoverde Reumatologia da Universidade Federal do Piauí, Hospital Getúlio Vargas, Brazil.
  • Mário Nicolau Barros Jacobino Reumatologia da Universidade Federal do Piauí, Hospital Getúlio Vargas, Brazil.
  • Antônio Rodrigues Coimbra Neto Reumatologia da Universidade Federal do Piauí, Hospital Getúlio Vargas, Brazil.

Abstract

Lupus erythematosus is a chronic autoimmune inflammatory disease of unknown cause that involves multiple systems. Autoimmune diseases that are prevalent in men usually manifest themselves clinically before the age of 50 years old and are characterized by an acute inflammation, whereas autoimmune diseases with predominance among women appear clinically in later stages of life, when chronic diseases, fibrosis and increased number of autoantibodies are present. Lupus erythematosus is more prevalent among women during the reproductive period, but the cause of this predilection is not fully established and little is known about the disease among men. We report a case of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in a male patient whose diagnosis was delayed due to the systemic manifestations and because SLE is considered an uncommon disease in men.

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Published
2011-11-08
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Case Reports
Keywords:
systemic lupus erythematosus, autoimmune diseases.
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How to Cite
Moreira Almeida, M., Arcoverde, J., Jacobino, M. N., & Coimbra Neto, A. (2011). Male systemic lupus erythematosus, an overlooked diagnosis. Clinics and Practice, 1(4), e103. https://doi.org/10.4081/cp.2011.e103