The selective value of computed tomography of the brain in cerebritis due to systemic lupus erythematosus

N. B. Gaylis, R. D. Altman, S. Ostrov, R. Quencer

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Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and steroid effects on the brain were measured by computed tomography (CT). Of 14 patients with SLE cerebritis, 10 (71%) had marked cortical atrophy and 4 (29%) minimal atrophy. None were normal by CT. Controls included 22 patients with SLE without cerebritis receiving corticosteroids; this group had normal CT scans in 16 (73%) and minimal cortical atrophy in the remaining 6 (27%). Follow-up CT on 5 patients with cerebritis was unchanged. CT of the brain is a minimally invasive technique for documenting SLE cerebritis. CT may also help differentiate cerebritis from the neuropsychiatric side effects of corticosteroids.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)850-854
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Rheumatology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 1982


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology

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