Evolving connective tissue disease influenced by splenectomy: Beneath the sword of dameshek

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Abstract

In years past, there was concern that splenectomy could lead to dissemination of occult systemic lupus erythematosus. Clinical studies subsequently effectively refuted that concept. However, there remains uncertainty regarding the role of the spleen in autoimmune diseases and the effect of splenectomy on their course. We present a case of a 56-year-old woman with autoimmune hepatitis and rheumatoid arthritis, without clinical or serologic features of lupus, who developed glomerulonephritis and antiphospholipid syndrome subsequent to an elective splenectomy. Literature review was performed to identify examples of the effect of splenectomy on other autoimmune diseases. Splenectomy has been linked with the development of new autoimmune phenomenon, alterations in the clinical course of patients with prior autoimmune disease, such as in our patient, and in a progressive redistribution of memory B cells that may influence autoimmune disease activity and may have been involved in the alteration in our patients clinical course.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)280-283
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Clinical Rheumatology
Volume16
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2010
Externally publishedYes

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Connective Tissue Diseases
Splenectomy
Autoimmune Diseases
Autoimmune Hepatitis
Antiphospholipid Syndrome
Glomerulonephritis
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Uncertainty
Rheumatoid Arthritis
B-Lymphocytes
Spleen

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  • Rheumatology

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In: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology, Vol. 16, No. 6, 01.09.2010, p. 280-283.

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