A 50 year old woman presented with pneumococcal septicaemia, septic arthritis, and a lobar pneumonia and was subsequently diagnosed as having systemic lupus erythematosus. The blood film and splenic 99mTc sulphur colloid uptake were normal, although selective functional hyposplenism was shown by the impaired clearance of immunoglobulin coated erythrocytes. Systemic lupus erythematosus presenting with fulminating pneumococcal sepsis in the presence of selective defects in spleen function is previously unreported.
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