Subarachnoid hemorrhage in systemic lupus erythematosus in Japan: two case reports and a review of the literature.

Research paper by Takayoshi T Owada, Kentaro K Takahashi, Yasuhiko Y Kita

Indexed on: 25 Jul '09Published on: 25 Jul '09Published in: Modern Rheumatology


We report 51- and 43-year-old Japanese female patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) associated with subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) due to rupture of intracranial saccular aneurysms. We also review the literature of Japanese SLE patients with SAH. SAH in Japanese SLE patients is more frequent than in patients from Western countries, has different features from the general population, and can occur regardless of SLE disease activity. Clinicians must pay attention to SAH in all SLE patients.