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Systemic lupus erythematosus due to Epstein–Barr virus or Epstein–Barr virus infection provocating acute exacerbation of systemic lupus erythematosus?

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Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a rheumatologic disease characterized by an inflammatory destruction of the target organ systems of the body in an unknown way by autoantibodies formed against self-antigens. Infectious agents like Epstein–Barr virus (EBV), cytomegalovirus and parvovirus B19 may have a role in the occurrence or the exacerbation of the SLE. In this report, the clinical follow-up of a 14-year-old girl diagnosed with SLE following an EBV infection with bicytopenia, lymphadenomegaly and hepatomegaly is discussed. This case could support the role of viral infections in the etiology of SLE.

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Kasapcopur, O., Ergul, Y., Kutlug, S. et al. Systemic lupus erythematosus due to Epstein–Barr virus or Epstein–Barr virus infection provocating acute exacerbation of systemic lupus erythematosus?. Rheumatol Int 26, 765–767 (2006). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00296-005-0063-6

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