A 20-year-old woman presented with common cold symptoms was found to have a left-sided facial droop. On examination, peripheral facial nerve palsy was confirmed. Subsequent testing showed nephrotic range proteinuria and positive serologies including antinuclear antibody and anti-smith antibody. Kidney biopsy showed stage III lupus nephritis. Treatment with pulse steroids along with mycophenolate mofetil for her lupus nephritis resulted in concomitant improvement of her facial palsy.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||BMJ case reports|
|State||Published - Aug 26 2013|