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Lupus enteritis is a term applied to the alimentary tract lesions in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and may affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract. Previously, we reported clinical findings in patients with SLE who had acute abdominal pain, focusing on lupus enteritis.1 During follow-up, several patients with lupus enteritis experienced recurrence after complete remission with high-dose corticosteroids. To find the factors contributing to recurrence of lupus enteritis, we investigated 16 patients who were diagnosed for lupus enteritis between January 1993 and January 2003.
At first admission, we retrospectively reviewed patients’ demographic data, laboratory data, including autoantibody profiles (anti-dsDNA, anti-Sm antibody, anti-ribonucleoprotein antibody, anti-Ro antibody, anti-La antibody and antiphospholipid …