Systemic lupus erythematosus associated with sickle-cell disease: a case report and literature review
Department of Internal Medicine, Ibn Sina Hospital, Rabat, Morocco
Journal of Medical Case Reports 2012, 6:366 doi:10.1186/1752-1947-6-366Published: 26 October 2012
The occurrence of systemic lupus erythematosus has been only rarely reported in patients with sickle-cell disease.
We describe the case of a 23-year-old North-African woman with sickle-cell disease and systemic lupus erythematosus, and discuss the pointers to the diagnosis of this combination of conditions and also present a review of literature. The diagnosis of systemic lupus erythematosus was delayed because our patient’s symptoms were initially attributed to sickle-cell disease.
Physicians should be alerted to the possible association of sickle-cell disease and systemic lupus erythematosus so as not to delay correct diagnosis and initiation of appropriate treatment.