What Is Libman-Sacks Endocarditis?

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Q: What is Libman-Sacks endocarditis? A: Libman-Sacks endocarditis, characterized by Libman-Sacks vegetation, is common in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus and is commonly complicated with embolic cerebrovascular disease. Symptoms of systemic lupus erythematosus include:
  • A history of rash
  • Arthritis (joint pain and swelling)
  • Sweating
 In addition, persons with Libman-Sacks endocarditis are usually asymptomatic, displaying symptoms including:
  • Cardiac failure
  • Cerebrovascular embolism
  • Systemic thromboembolism
  • Secondary infective endocarditis
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