Are patients with SLE at increased risk for intraabdominal catastrophe

Are patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) at increased risk for intraabdominal catastrophe? 

Approximately 2% of patients with SLE develop lupus vasculitis, one of the most devastating complications of SLE. The fatality rate is greater than 50%.

Small vessels of the bowel wall are affected, leading to ulceration, hemorrhage, perforation, and infarction.

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