Chylous Ascites in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) Patients
KeywordsChylous ascites, Systemic Lupus Erythematous, gastrointestinal manifestations
The gastrointestinal system is commonly implicated in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE). Ascites, produced by several mechanisms has been reported as a systemic manifestation of lupus, but only rarely as an initial presentation of the disease. Its appearance is often insidious and without abdominal pain. Chylous ascites (such as chyle in the peritoneal cavity) has seldom been reported in SLE. We describe a case of chylous ascites in an SLE patient, reviewing the other published cases, its pathophysiology and its management.
Issue: Vol. 2 No. 4 (2015) (view)