Retroperitoneal Fibrosis and Aortitis as the Initial Findings of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Aynur SOYUÖZ, 1 Metin IŞIK, 2 İsmail DOĞAN, 2 Levent KILIÇ, 2 Sedat KİRAZ2
1Department of Internal Medicine, Medical Faculty of Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey
2Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, Medical Faculty of Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey
Keywords: Aortitis, retroperitoneal fibrosis, systemic lupus erythematosus
Retroperitoneal fibrosis (RPF) is characterized by progressive connective tissue proliferation which in rare cases forms a periaortic mass. Aortitis is clinically uncommon in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), and only one previous case with aortitis has been reported in the literature in living adult patients with lupus. Herein, we report a case with RPF and aortitis as the initial findings of SLE. The patient was admitted to our clinic with severe abdominal pain, nausea, and photosensitivity along with painful, maculopapular lesions on both palms.