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Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia

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STUDART, Sâmia Araújo de Sousa et al. Systemic Lupus Erythematosus with muscle weakness due to Myasthenia Gravis. Rev. Bras. Reumatol. [online]. 2011, vol.51, n.3, pp.292-294. ISSN 0482-5004.

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and myasthenia gravis (MG) are autoimmune diseases, whose association in the same patient is rarely reported. Both pathologies share the following characteristics: affect mainly young women; alternate exacerbation and remission periods; and have positive antinuclear antibody (ANA) test. This case report assesses possible diagnostic hypotheses for the clinical findings of eyelid ptosis and proximal muscle weakness in a female patient recently diagnosed with SLE, who evolved with associated MG.

Keywords : systemic lupus erythematosus; myasthenia gravis; muscle diseases; autoimmunity.

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