European Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 153, Issue 12, pp 891–893 | Cite as

Association of antiphospholipid antibodies with systemic lupus erythematosus in a child presenting with chorea: A case report

  • Nesrin Besbas
  • Idil Damargus
  • Seza Ozen
  • Sabiha Aysun
  • Umit Saatci
Immunology/Allergology Original Paper


A 16-year-old girl, diagnosed 1 year previously as having Sydenham chorea, was found to have systemic lupus erythematosus according to the American Rheumatism Association criteria. She now presented with pulmonary emboli and renal involvement and responded to immunosuppressive and anticoagulant therapy. The high levels of anticardiolipin antibodies returned to normal along with the clinical symptoms.


We suggest that anticardiolipin antibodies are relevant to the development of chorea and thrombo-embolic complications and that these auto-antibodies should be sought for in similar cases.

Key words

Systemic lupus erythematosus Anticardiolipin antibodies chorea 



Antiphospholipid antibodies


Systemic lupus erythematosus


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nesrin Besbas
    • 1
  • Idil Damargus
    • 1
  • Seza Ozen
    • 1
  • Sabiha Aysun
    • 1
  • Umit Saatci
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PaediatricsHacettepe University Faculty of MedicineAnkaraTurkey

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