Development of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus in aPatient With Rheumatoid Arthritis Following TreatmentConversion of Infl iximab to Adalimumab

August 2008 | Volume 7 | Issue 8 | Case Reports | 796 | Copyright © August 2008

Jamaiya Havel BA, Sina Aboutalebi MD, Lauren Doughty MD, Marla Wirges MD

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)-like syndromes and the development of lupus-related autoantibodies are known to occur during treatment with certain medications. Here a case of complete SLE conversion in a patient with rheumatoid arthritis following sequential treatment with infl iximab and adalimumab is reported. Potential mechanisms for development of SLE with this treatment regimen are discussed, as well as the need for further exploration into autoimmune phenomenon with the use of immunobiologic agents.