A patient with systemic lupus erythematosus was first diagnosed after she had developed the Budd-Chiari syndrome. We believe that the Budd-Chiari syndrome was part of her tendency for thrombosis, induced by the presence of a lupus anticoagulant. The association between enhanced thrombosis and the lupus anticoagulant is discussed, and the need for prompt recognition and administration of anticoagulant therapy is emphasised.
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