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Eur J Rheumatol. 2017 Sep;4(3):231-233. doi: 10.5152/eurjrheum.2017.16120. Epub 2017 Jun 21.

Atrial fibrillation following therapy with high-dose i.v. methylprednisolone: A brief case-based review.

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Division of Internal Medicine, Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences, Luigi Vanvitelli University of Campania School of Medicine, Naples, Italy.


Atrial fibrillation following high-dose i.v. steroids for treatment of severe immune-mediated diseases has been rarely reported in the literature. Here we report a further case of atrial fibrillation following high-dose i.v. methylprednisolone (HDIVMP) therapy of severe thrombocytopenia in a female patient with a flare-up of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). The available literature on this topic is reviewed as well.


Atrial fibrillation; high-dose steroids; methylprednisolone; systemic lupus erythematosus

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Conflict of Interest: No conflict of interest was declared by the authors.

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