Systemic lupus erythematosus manifestation following COVID-19 infection: A coincidental or causal relation
Several intricate interactions of environmental and genetic factors can lead to autoimmune conditions in susceptible hosts. Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a complex systemic autoimmune disease which can be triggered or exacerbated by infection or infectious reactions. The causal link between infections and autoimmunity has been established through clinical studies. Though several viral infections have been associated with SLE, yet the impact of COVID-19 on SLE onset and flares has not been well established. We report a young female who developed new-onset SLE shortly after having COVID-19 infection. Her clinical and lab parameters were highly suggestive of SLE and she responded to standard medical therapy. We also briefly discuss the pathogenetic mechanisms of autoimmunity in cases of viral infections.
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