COVID-19 triggered systemic lupus erythematosus in a child: a case report

Krishna Prasad Maram, Venkata Rama Rao Paturi, Lalitha Sudha Alla, Murali Krishna Bhagavatula


The COVID-19 pandemic has continued to wreak havoc globally during the second wave. Even though it tends to be asymptomatic or cause only a trivial illness in children, it is reported to be associated with a delayed hyper-inflammatory response syndrome resulting in multi-organ dysfunction in children. It is possible that through unknown mechanisms, it could also result in triggering of other auto-immune disorders. We report a case of pediatric systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) with lupus nephritis suspected to be triggered by SARS-CoV-2 virus which is not reported in the literature so far.


COVID-19, Systemic lupus erythematosus, Auto-immunity

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