Cytomegalovirus as a trigger for systemic lupus erythematosus.

  title={Cytomegalovirus as a trigger for systemic lupus erythematosus.},
  author={Arnaldo E P{\'e}rez-Mercado and Salvador Vil{\'a}-P{\'e}rez},
  journal={Journal of clinical rheumatology : practical reports on rheumatic & musculoskeletal diseases},
  volume={16 7},
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infections have been associated with exacerbations of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Their role in triggering this disease, however, remains a subject of debate. We present a 43-year-old man with no history of systemic illness who developed persistent signs and symptoms of a CMV-associated mononucleosis-like syndrome while fulfilling diagnostic criteria for previously undiagnosed SLE. The patient was admitted with persistent fever for 3 weeks, cervical lymphadenopathy… CONTINUE READING