Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a common cause of pericardial effusion and acute pericarditis, but very rarely it can cause cardiac tamponade.1 We describe the case of a young female with SLE who developed cardiac tamponade after finishing treatment for acute pericarditis with a small pericardial effusion.
Kuhn, MS-III, Brooks; Reddy, MD, Arthi; and Lazar, MD, Sorin
"A 22-year-old woman with systemic lupus erythematosus develops cardiac tamponade,"
The Medicine Forum:
Vol. 9, Article 17.
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