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Ann Rheum Dis. 1994 May; 53(5): 327–330.
PMCID: PMC1005332

Cerebellum and brainstem vasculopathy in systemic lupus erythematosus: two clinico-pathological cases.


The case histories are reported of two patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) who developed fatal neurological involvement, each presenting with cerebellar and brainstem signs. Neuro-pathological changes were confined to the cerebellum and brainstem, with clear evidence of a small vessel vasculopathy. The predominant histological abnormalities were multiple perivascular haemorrhages in one case and classical vasculitic changes in the other.

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