Cardiovascular involvement in systemic lupus erythematosus.

  title={Cardiovascular involvement in systemic lupus erythematosus.},
  author={Brian F Mandell},
  journal={Seminars in arthritis and rheumatism},
  volume={17 2},
SLE is an inflammatory disease of unknown etiology with the potential of affecting virtually all organ systems. Cardiovascular involvement occurs frequently, although it is often mild enough not to cause clinical concern. Pericarditis is most commonly subclinical, noted only on echocardiogram. Pericardial fluid, which can accumulate rapidly enough to cause tamponade, is inflammatory in nature and can totally mimic infection. The occurrence of Libman-Sacks endocarditis, usually a pathological… CONTINUE READING


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