Gastrointestinal Manifestations of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and Scleroderma

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Cherag Daruwala ; Giancarlo Mercogliano ; Thomas P. Harder (2009)
  • Publisher: SAGE Publishing
  • Journal: Clinical Medicine Insights: Gastroenterology (issn: 1179-5522)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.4137/CGast.S2264
  • Subject: Diseases of the digestive system. Gastroenterology | RC799-869
    mesheuropmc: skin and connective tissue diseases

In this review, we analyze the effects of systemic lupus erythematosus and scleroderma on the gastrointestinal tract. There is a wide variation of gastrointestinal manifestations from these autoimmune disorders including but not limited to: oral ulcers, dysphagia, gastroesophageal reflux disease, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, fecal incontinence, pseudo-obstruction, perforation and gastrointestinal bleeding. The purpose of this review is to discuss these manifestations, the appropriate diagnostic tests, and treatment.
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