The "shrinking lung syndrome" in SLE, treatment with theophylline

Clin Rheumatol. 1993 Dec;12(4):462-5. doi: 10.1007/BF02231771.


We report on a patient with systemic lupus erythematosus who developed a shrinking lung syndrome. The dyspnoea of the patient and the results of pulmonary function tests significantly improved during treatment with theophylline 750 mg daily. This is the first report of a successful treatment of the shrinking lung syndrome with theophylline.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Dyspnea / drug therapy
  • Dyspnea / etiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lung Diseases / drug therapy*
  • Lung Diseases / etiology
  • Lupus Erythematosus, Systemic / complications*
  • Middle Aged
  • Theophylline / therapeutic use*


  • Theophylline