Author(s): Kawakatsu S, Wada T
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We reviewed depressive symptoms in rheumatic disease. In systemic lupus erythematosus(SLE), depressive symptoms are frequently mentioned with the prevalence rate about 30% and usually respond to antidepressant. The duration of symptoms is within two months in most patients. Antibodies to ribosomal P protein appear to be a specific marker for SLE with depression. Single photon emission tomography but magnetic resonance imaging may also be useful for predicting the development of depressive symptoms. We also reported a patient of dermatomyositis with manic-depressive state who showed decreased cerebral blood flow in the left frontal and temporal regions during depressive state.
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This article was published in Nihon Rinsho
and referenced in Journal of Child and Adolescent Behavior