• An unusual case of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in a young child is reported with sudden death from myocardial infarction.
The diagnosis of lupus erythematosus in this patient was made by renal biopsy at the age of 3 years. Atherosclerosis of the coronary arteries and aorta was found at autopsy with occlusion of the anterior descending branch of the left coronary artery. It is suggested that the vascular changes in this case were related to hypertriglyceridemia and prolonged prednisone therapy superimposed on a hypersensitivity vasculitis related to SLE.
(Am J Dis Child 132:696-699, 1978)