Orbital inflammation, myositis, and systemic lupus erythematosus

Arch Ophthalmol. 1983 May;101(5):736-8. doi: 10.1001/archopht.1983.01040010736006.


A 39-year-old man with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) experienced three episodes of acute orbital inflammation, a primary feature of each being a markedly enlarged extraocular muscle (myositis). The muscles of the upper trunk were concomitantly inflamed, and full-thickness skin and muscle biopsy specimens demonstrated an inflammatory myositis. The case demonstrates that orbital proptosis and extraocular myositis can be features of SLE.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Humans
  • Inflammation / diagnostic imaging
  • Inflammation / etiology
  • Lupus Erythematosus, Systemic / complications*
  • Male
  • Myositis / complications*
  • Myositis / pathology
  • Oculomotor Muscles / diagnostic imaging
  • Oculomotor Muscles / pathology
  • Orbital Diseases / diagnostic imaging
  • Orbital Diseases / etiology*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed