Fever and pneumonia in a steroid treated patient with systemic lupus erythematosus.
Systemic lupus erythematosus is reported to affect the lungs in almost half of patients, but pleuritis is most commonly encountered. Acute pneumonitis is an uncommon but recognized manifestation of SLE. Infection and drug reactions are more frequently diagnosed. The case discussed below permits consideration of the dilemmas typical of the SLE patient who presents with an acute pulmonary process.