Systemic Lupus Erythematosus with Secondary Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura and Acute Parkinsonism: A Case Report
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune disease that has certain characteristic features but can also present with misleading signs and symptoms especially when it is of late-onset. Various case reports address its association with thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP), however, its association with parkinsonism remains unclear. We present the case of a 58-year-old male who reported with acute-onset parkinsonism along with some gastrointestinal symptoms. Detailed laboratory investigations unmasked the underlying SLE with an overlapping picture of TTP. This unusual presentation in a resource-constrained setting created challenges and subsequent delays in the diagnosis and management of the patient. Despite urgent care, the patient’s age, presence of overlapping conditions, and multi-organ involvement were some of the factors due to which the treatment failed and he could not survive. We report the association of SLE with secondary TTP and parkinsonism.