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Acute transverse myelitis in systemic lupus erythematosus: report of a case

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Systemic lupus erythematosus is an autoimmune disease that usually develops neurological manifestations in a high percentage of the cases. Acute transverse myelitis is a rare neurological complication with significant possibility of damage, sequelae and poor prognosis. We present the case of a patient with systemic lupus erythematosus and acute transverse myelitis who responded adequately to treatment with intravenous steroids and cyclophosphamide. Having in mind acute transverse myelitis as a possibility in any patient with systemic lupus erythematosus, allows us to be ready and able to diagnose and treat this complication early, avoiding sequels and poor prognosis.

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