Lupus refractory pleural effusion: Transient response to intravenous immunoglobulins

E. Ben-Chetrit, C. Putterman, Y. Naparstek

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A patient with systemic lupus erythematosus complicated by refractory bilateral pleural effusions is described. High dose corticosteroids with azathioprine, as well as intrapleural instillation of corticosteroids, proved ineffective in management. As our patient remained severely symptomatic and required repeated thoracocentesis, a therapeutic trial of intravenous immunoglobulins (IVIG) was attempted. IVIG had a beneficial effect, although of a transient and partial nature. Despite the results achieved, it seems that IVIG has limited value in treating lupus pleural effusion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1635-1637
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Rheumatology
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes


  • intravenous immunoglobulins
  • pleural effusion
  • systemic lupus erythematosus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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