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Aging Clinical and Experimental Research

, Volume 26, Issue 3, pp 337–339 | Cite as

Corticosteroid treatment normalizes QTc prolongation and improves heart block in an elderly patient with anti-Ro-positive systemic lupus erythematosus

  • Maksat Saribayev
  • Fatih TufanEmail author
  • Fahrettin Oz
  • Burak Erer
  • Tahsin Ozpolat
  • Gulistan Bahat Ozturk
  • Sibel Akin
  • Bulent Saka
  • Nilgun Erten
  • Cemil Tascioglu
  • Akif Karan
Case Report

Abstract

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a multisystemic disease which potentially involves various organs including the skin, joints, kidneys, liver, hematopoetic system, and serous membranes. It is rarely seen in elderly males. The most common cardiovascular involvement type is pericarditis. Anti-Ro antibodies may be associated with neonatal lupus which causes heart blocks. Recent literature indicates that anti-Ro antibodies may be associated with various rhythm and conduction disturbances in the adulthood. The most common finding associated with anti-Ro antibodies is prolonged corrected QT (QTc) interval. Herein, we present an elderly male patient with anti-Ro-positive SLE associated with prolonged QTc interval and AV blocks that significantly improved after corticosteroid treatment.

Keywords

Systemic lupus erythematosus Anti-Ro antibody Heart block Nephrotic syndrome 

Notes

Conflict of interest

None.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maksat Saribayev
    • 1
  • Fatih Tufan
    • 2
    Email author
  • Fahrettin Oz
    • 3
  • Burak Erer
    • 1
  • Tahsin Ozpolat
    • 1
  • Gulistan Bahat Ozturk
    • 1
  • Sibel Akin
    • 1
  • Bulent Saka
    • 1
  • Nilgun Erten
    • 1
  • Cemil Tascioglu
    • 1
  • Akif Karan
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Internal Medicine, Istanbul School of MedicineIstanbul UniversityIstanbulTurkey
  2. 2.Geriatrics UnitSevket Yilmaz Training and Research HospitalBursaTurkey
  3. 3.Department of Cardiology, Istanbul School of MedicineIstanbul UniversityIstanbulTurkey

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