Author(s): BenMenachem E
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Abstract Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic autoimmune connective tissue disorder, with a heterogeneous presentation. Disease severity is wide ranging, with most suffering milder forms; however, it is potentially fatal depending on organ involvement. The disorder was recognized as early as the Middle Ages, with the 12th-century physician Rogerius being the first to apply the term lupus to the classic malar rash, and in 1872, Moric Kaposi first recognized the systemic nature of the disease. Perioperatively, SLE can present major challenges to the anesthesiologist because of accrued organ damage, coagulation defects, and complex management regimes. In this article I highlight adult SLE manifestations and treatments pertinent to the anesthesiologist and discuss perioperative management of these complex patients.
This article was published in Anesth Analg
and referenced in Rheumatology: Current Research