Neuropsychiatric Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: Making the Case for an Expanded Psychiatric Role

Ayol Samuels, Mirnova E. Ceïde and Naalla Schreiber
 

Abstract

Systemic Lupus Erythematous can present with psychiatric symptoms. As these symptoms are non-specific and may occur in the absence of clear systemic signs and symptoms of lupus, they are difficult to distinguish from primary psychiatric illnesses. We present the case of a young woman who, on two separate admissions, was treated for a psychiatric illness with no effect and then treated for Neuropsychiatric SLE with remarkable improvement. We discuss the atypical features that a psychiatrist can use to distinguish the two diagnoses and the role of the psychiatrist or neurologist in determining the severity of mental status changes in order to guide treatment.

Published on: June 17, 2016
doi: 10.17756/jnen.2016-010
Citation: Samuels A, Ceïde ME, Schreiber N. 2016. Neuropsychiatric Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: Making the Case for an Expanded Psychiatric Role. J Neurol Exp Neurosci 2(1): 9-11.
 
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