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Respiratory Dysfunction in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: An Unrecognized Abnormality.

Harold A. Lyons, M.D., F.A.C.P.; Chin-Tang Huang, M.D. (Associate); and Gordon R. Hennigar, M.D.
Ann Intern Med. 1964;60(4):740-741. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-60-4-740_2
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Although studies of organ involvement of systemic lupus erythematosus have been reported and are well known, these studies have been directed to kidney, joints, liver, and heart; little attention has been called to the pulmonary system. The radiologic abnormalities noted on chest films have received adequate description, but respiratory function has not been investigated.

Twenty-two unselected patients with systemic lupus erythematosus, whose diagnosis was established, were subjected to investigation of their respiratory function. The findings were related to the duration of the disease, the presence of respiratory symptoms or radiological abnormalities, and the administration of steroid therapy.

Determinations showed reduced


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