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Case Report  |   May 1994
Splenic hypofunction in systemic lupus erythematosus
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Case Report   |   May 1994
Splenic hypofunction in systemic lupus erythematosus
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, May 1994, Vol. 94, 414. doi:10.7556/jaoa.1994.94.5.414
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, May 1994, Vol. 94, 414. doi:10.7556/jaoa.1994.94.5.414
Abstract

Systemic lupus erythematosus is a relatively common autoimmune disease in the United States. Hyposplenism is infrequently described in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus. It is seen in up to 5% of patients and is thought to be caused by vasculitic changes within the spleen. The diagnosis of hyposplenism can be made easily by identifying Howell-Jolly bodies on a peripheral blood smear. The authors describe a patient with systemic lupus erythematosus associated with hyposplenism and discuss possible diagnostic and treatment implications.