Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Lupus Cerebritis

  • Elliot J. RothEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_2221


CNS lupus


Lupus cerebritis is an important complication of systemic lupus erythematosus, characterized by cerebral vasculitis or inflammation of the blood vessels in the brain. This may result in stroke or other symptoms including headaches, seizures, psychosis, dementia, or peripheral neuropathy. Stroke occurs in 5–20% of all patients with systemic lupus. It is treated by the control of systemic lupus and by the use of anti-inflammatory medications such as steroids.


References and Readings

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of MedicineChicagoUSA