Recurrent cerebral infarctions in polyarteritis nodosa with circulating antiphospholipid antibodies and mitral valve disease

Lupus. 1998;7(1):51-2. doi: 10.1191/096120398678919642.


A case of recurrent cerebral infarctions in a 42-year-old woman affected by polyarteritis nodosa and antiphospholipid syndrome is reported. Two-dimensional echocardiography revealed grossly thickened mitral valve leaflets, possibly related to the presence of antiphospholipid antibodies. Thus, an embolic source at mitral level is hypothesized.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Antibodies, Antiphospholipid / blood*
  • Cerebral Infarction / etiology*
  • Female
  • Heart Valve Diseases / complications
  • Humans
  • Mitral Valve*
  • Polyarteritis Nodosa / complications*


  • Antibodies, Antiphospholipid