Exophthalmos in systemic lupus erythematosus

Ann Ophthalmol. 1984 Jul;16(7):669-71.


In systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) exophthalmos is distinctly rare. This article describes the first patients with SLE in whom exophthalmos was preceded by pseudotumor cerebri. The apparent lack of resolution of the exophthalmos with corticosteroids in our case emphasizes the potential need for therapeutic alternatives such as immunosuppressive agents, orbital irradiation, and/or plasmapheresis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Exophthalmos / etiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lupus Erythematosus, Systemic / complications*
  • Orbital Diseases / etiology
  • Pseudotumor Cerebri / etiology
  • Retinal Diseases / etiology
  • Vision Disorders / etiology