Vicki Gunvalson Reveals Daughter Briana Culberson’s Lupus Has Affected Her Heart

Last season during the RHOC finale, it was revealed that Vicki Gunvalson’s daughter Briana Culberson was diagnosed with Lupus, an incurable autoimmune disease that causes joint pain and fatigue.

“It’s been a tough year for her. She was back at the doctor on Friday. Lupus has affected part of her heart, it’s literally something every other week,” the O.G. Housewife told Page Six in a recent interview. “It affects her in different ways, her immune system is very low.”

“You know, she’s finding her way with what she can do with it, her health,” said Gunvalson, who noted that 30-year-old Culberson, who underwent surgery to remove enlarged lymph nodes in 2015, is currently working at a surgical center. “She wants to work, she wants to be a nurse, but she’s limited.”

Vicki revealed in July that Briana had an infection from a dirty scalpel that a doctor used in Oklahoma.

“It almost killed my daughter,” Gunvalson said.

“[The scalpel was infected] with feces from a previous surgery that day they put inside her body,” she shared. “So, not good, she almost lost her leg. She almost died and all this stuff.” After that scare, Culberson was treated with three weeks of “IV antibiotics and got all of it out of her body.”

“She’s a trooper, she’s young, she’s got age on her side,” Gulvason said. “She’s 30, people live with Lupus, it’s just unfortunate. She’s going to be okay.”

We wish Briana the best.

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  • Real Sandy

    I would love to know the real truth about this story. I don’t believe a thing that comes out of V’s mouth. I feel bad for Brianna and hope she gets the care she needs.
    I smell a lawsuit…big one. I just wonder how she can say things like feces was on the scalpel. How would she be able to prove that?
    I think that maybe Brianna had groin lymph nodes removed and due to the proximity of the groin to the buttocks, maybe the infection spread from her own body when she got her wound contaminated while going to the bathroom or bathing…but I don’t know the specifics. Vicki loves to exaggerate and she lies.
    Still, I hope Brianna is okay. It must have been difficult growing up on reality TV and having Vicki as a mother. Perhaps that is why she loves food so much…or so it seems, and I am not bashing her. I understand she has lupus and she has had small children and an absent husband for a while. Maybe she stress eats.
    I don’t watch this show because of Vicki’s lies.

    • Andrea

      I highly doubt that! Anyone who works in surgery (like myself) knows that a new blade is used on every surgical case AND there is a sterile process instruments go through, starting with a washing process before getting autoclaved at 270* or higher so bull-crap!!!

      • Real Sandy

        Well said. I totally agree. Vicki wants to blame someone else. No way they used dirty instruments in the OR.

    • Rochelle Barozzi

      You are not alone. I HOPE it isn’t as bad as Vicki makes it out to be. She will use her daughter for sympathy if she has too. I’d rather hear it from Brianna.

  • Real Sandy

    I found this about inguinal lymph node dissection/removal complications at the Cleveland Clinic site:
    What are possible complications of inguinal lymph node dissection?

    The rate of complications following inguinal lymph node surgery can be quite high, with a direct correlation between the number and depth of the lymph nodes removed, and the occurrence of complications. The most common complications are:

    Infection at the site of the incision, an early complication and the one seen most often. A risk factor for developing infection is obesity. Signs of infection include pain, redness, pus, discharges or fever.
    Swelling (seroma) at the site of the incision due to fluid buildup.
    Swelling (lymphedema) of the lower legs, usually as a long-term complication.
    Deep vein blood clots.
    Poor wound-healing.
    Tissue death.
    Studies are being done to reduce the number of surgical complications, which mainly are the result of bleeding and fluid accumulation due to damage done to blood and lymph vessels at or near the surgical site. Efforts at improvement include identifying nodal disease as soon as possible so that treatment can begin before extensive surgery is needed; changes in surgical technique; increased efforts at preserving as much tissue as possible, and a move toward less invasive surgery.

    • Rain

      Omg amazing sandy !!! Awesome ❤️❤️❤️

    • I’d like to make another point please. Many natural cures are available particularly for the Lymph System. I was always prone to infection. I won’t go into detail, ( being you already know. ) But I was always getting infections in my teeth, eyes, ears etc. Not serious in anything minus the teeth, but enough to be annoying. My Lymph Nodes in my neck, ( long after the hysterectomy ) were always swollen & painful. I had taken so may antibiotics and had so many X-Rays, scans, M.R.I.’s etc. in my lifetime that I was just DONE. I started on a path of natural healing, being that ALL medicines come from the Earth. I simply decided to get a pure form of them, instead of the chemical diluted form, and without the bills from the doctor and pharmacy. I started using Essential Oils, and now I haven’t had an eye or ear infection in 2 years. My Lymph Nodes are no longer swollen either. One thing to remember if anyone wants to go this route. Always, I mean ALWAYS, if you buy an EO, make sure it is USDA Organic, and mix it with a carrier oil ( Almond Oil, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter etc., that info will be in any EO website ) and mix as directed, as EO are not to be used alone on the skin. They are very, very concentrated. Anyway, mix the Almond Oil or whatever carrier oil you choose with the needed Essential Ol in a sterile jar and daily rub a drop on the inside of your wrist for 7-10 days. Look for any sign of allergy on your skin or in your breathing, mouth, nose etc. Then you can proceed to using it with the instructions available. Do this with every new Oil, and never 2 at the same time. Then if you are allergic, as a person can be allergic to ANYTHING, you know which one it is and then never use it again. I am not a doctor, I just wanted to share my own wonderful experience with all of the great people here. Baker Chick (BTW) was the name I forgot to add when trying to name the posters I look for whenever I come to the blog. I just had to add that!

    • Rochelle Barozzi

      Perfect sleuthing!

  • Real Sandy

    Oh, and to add to the below article. Obesity can lead to infection more so than in those of normal weight. This is an article that explains some of why:
    https://www.advancedtissue.com/relationship-obesity-wound-care/

    • Rain

      That makes sense too

      • I aways heard, when I mentioned that Brianna’s weight might be aggravating her health problems, that her Thyroid illness might have caused her weight gain. It seems like the poor girl has been dealing with health issues all of her life. Peace and health to you, Brianna.

  • Starr

    Brianna has really been through a lot. I wish her good health.

  • cat62

    Always wishing B the best. She seems like a down to earth decent person. VG on the other hand… “The scalpel was infected with feces from a previous surgery that day they put inside her body” I guess she was there? Keep druming up that drama V.

  • Minx

    I feel tremendous Empathy for Briana!
    She has always seemed like Vicki’s voice of wisdom. The voice of reason through insanity.
    Briana has her hands full!
    I don’t even, want to imagine what it must be like to be Vicki’s Daughter.
    Wishing Brian’s strength, hope and happiness..

  • DindiSue

    I agree Rain -how are you -did you have a nice visit with your sons?

    • Rain

      Hey gorgeous ❤️❤️❤️ Yes I did , how is your hubs ??

      • DindiSue

        Doing Good- we go Monday and get that Ball Drain out- yeahh

        • Rain

          Prayers to you darling !! Love u xoxxo ❤️❤️❤️

        • EnigmaWrappedInSnark

          OMG … hurts just thinking about it.

  • Rain

    I think she’s making up ‘shit’ again LOL

    • wickertable

      I’m sorry, but I just have a hard time believing anything that comes out of Vicki’s mouth. It seems like when the chips are down for her, she starts a health based sympathy theme. I’m guessing she’s now wanting a casserole that she never got with Brooks??

    • Very nice play on words. My first good laugh of the day.

  • One Rotten Egg

    Looks like Vicki is really tugging on somoene’s strings because her approval ratings have tanked big time!
    Wish Brianna well. Vick Liarface can go to H3LL

    • wickertable

      Oh, how I agree! When the chips are down, let’s bring up or fabricate health issues. She’s so transparent.

    • I’m surprised her ratings ever returned to acceptable after season 3.

  • @MissTriciaEvans

    Good Lord, I can’t help but think that Vicki is fabricating all of this for a more interesting story line. Nobody could possibly have all of these health problems lol.

  • wickertable

    Like Jesus on the cross.

    • Rochelle Barozzi

      LOL

  • wickertable

    She’s used Brooks, Brianna, even her own mother’s health issues to try any gain sympathy. The meltdown when she pretended she just found out her mom died was so planned and not acted out well. I’ll never forget the time she told her mom she loved her and her mom just said “thank you”. Vicki doesn’t seem to have the loving relationships with her family that she wants us to believe. Even Brianna calls her out (which actually makes her look like a grown brat). Michael basically keeps his distance.

    • Minx

      So, True!
      ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

    • Rochelle Barozzi

      Yep

    • Rain

      LOVE your post and totally agree ❤️❤️❤️

    • Minx

      I remember that! Wow!
      Vicki’s Mom wasn’t particularly close to her. I remember her Mom calling her out on her over the top spending and lifestyle, etc.
      It is sad to realize that Vicki’s Children have been Parenting her for all these Years.

  • I agree, best wishes for Brianna and her little boys. I just wrote a post on an old story recalling one of the times Brianna came home from the hospital. Brianna was so weak and ill she could barely stand. She was sobbing. Ryan was deployed and obviously couldn’t be there. Viki WENT TO WORK !! She left Brianna there with the kids & they were toddlers then. Icky stayed at work ALL DAY. She didn’t bother to call anyone or anything. Brianna was literally laying on the bed almost in shock from the procedures done while in hospital, and realizing she would be alone. A person can die from shock. Viki is always saying how her children are her life. That is the biggest pile of BS ever. She cares about her business more than anything in life. Next in line is being cruel, lying, whispering rumors, looking for a man, any man, retaliating for any perceived slights, being hostile and is the most emotionally defective dimwit I have ever seen. Brianna said in TH that she knew better than to ask her mom to stay, that she knew she wouldn’t. Icky says she has all kinds of wealth…so why in the world didn’t she call a nurse to come care for her daughter? It’s effing unbelievable. The ONLY reason there is an article here is because Viki is trying to make herself look human, rather than her usual daily sacrifices to satan.

    • wickertable

      I remember that. Vicki took a beating on social media, and then she back tracked and said I did hire somebody to come stay with Brianna and watch the kids! Something to the effect that production just chose not to show it. Do I believe her? Nope. Vicki couldn’t wait to get out of there.

  • AnEnigmaWrappedIn$nark

    Vicki has plumped up this season as well … gosh I hope she doesn’t have “lupus” too … https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6da9fa3c723ec72186dfb713a851035ef23c45238cdcb801de6e0412a94d0e3c.jpg *side eye

    • wickertable

      Nah, it’s just that her love tank is nearing full.

    • Rochelle Barozzi

      She will next use the kids as a sympathy card….disgusting woman. Hey you!

      • AnEnigmaWrappedIn$nark

        Rocky~! Fancy meeting you here.

        • Rochelle Barozzi

          Hey doll!!!!

        • Rochelle Barozzi

          And I haven’t been called Rocky since Jr High LOLOLOL. I love it. 😀

          • EnigmaWrappedInSnark

            I mentioned this site over at AATT – bitches running the joint were not happy so I told them to fck off and they started deleting everything I wrote … so like Shannut … I’m done … DONE!~ Hahaha

            • Rochelle Barozzi

              I was shocked! My posts were not rude or attacking in any way. I did back your attack…but wow. I can’t believe what they kept and what they deleted. WTF was that? Dang. Anywhoo, I am glad that you mentioned tis site. Everyone has been so sweet! Thanks

              • EnigmaWrappedInSnark

                I hate to sound like holier than thou, but I cant support a site that pulls that sheet. I was emailing with the mods and finally just told them to kiss my ass Me. Sugar and several others are sticking to our guns. The fckng loons were getting on my nerves anyway.

                • Rochelle Barozzi

                  Agreed. Agreed.

                • JustSayin

                  I saw the middle of some shit and then when I came back all your posts were deleted in every thread I checked. Sorry to see you go but I understand your position.

                  • EnigmaWrappedInSnark

                    Yeah it went down. We’re talking about Danielle and out of nowhere realitytvjunkie calls call me the r word and a “transphobe” @#_)$(*& LoL??? Everyone was like huh … where did that come from? I literally thought it was meant for someone else or she accidentally posted on the wrong thread or something … and out of no where we’re all watching my posts disappearing. Evil Queen told me it was happening to him, and then Sugar in my Tank says she’s being “censored” and WAS DONE with the site (and we all know what the three of us have in common. Others have told me make no mistake, it was political. So I contact one of the mods and they tell me I’m some kind of “time out” thing and I then told them their site was going to shit, lousy stories (promoting garbage shows no one cares about, and lazy cut and paste jobs from ROL/TMZ … and then it got really ugly LoL! It was the weirdest conversation; the mod wrote like a 12 yr. old. WellWellWell and I have been saying for a few weeks that something seems off in there … and I think now I know. Anyway we’ve all been through it a hundred times. This is a cool site – spread the word!

    • Cin

      let’s just hope she doesn’t blame the weight gain on Shannon!!!! These ladies are getting to the stage in their life where they should have a bit more weight.

  • Rochelle Barozzi

    Yikes, that is horrible with the scalpel! Best wishes for her.

  • Rochelle Barozzi

    Wait, wait….last reunion didn’t Brianna say she made “6 figures” nursing and didn’t need Mommy’s money? Is she working or not Vicki.

  • Real Sandy

    Thanks 3 D’s.
    I doubt V icki will ever stop. It is sad for her family, really.

  • Real Sandy

    Yes, that trip was the worst. I felt so bad for Brianna.
    Vicki made it a photo op for herself more than anything else, sadly.

    • Rain

      Remind me again WHY they couldn’t fly ???

      • Rochelle Barozzi

        Sometimes, after surgery or an illness, you are told by your Doc not to fly. It can cause blood clots from the cabin pressure. I think that may have been the case.

      • Real Sandy

        Yes, Rochelle is right. The increased risk of phlebitis, blood clots and pulmonary emboli and/or stroke is why flying is contraindicated after surgery, and especially lower extremity surgery with any vascular work done.
        Vicki also said Brianna gets terribly car sick as a passenger and wanted to start off the drive herself….but that they switched off and took turns driving….

        • Rain

          Thanks Sandy . Awesome to have so many knowledgeable people here ❤️❤️

  • TrumpsRolls

    I believe Briana. I have know a few women with lupus. And many, many, many women who say they have lupus for attention. The differences between a lupus sufferer and a middle aged attention whore (with “lupus” and “fibromyalgia”) are quite easy to spot. Lupus is a terrible illness. Insidious and cruel. I wish Bri the best!

  • I’m good, thanks for asking. I’m headed to So. Ca. on the 18th for 5 days to see my sister. I miss her SO much. How goes it in SF for my hippy soul sister? I had also forgotten one of Icky’s many selfish, controlling ways with Brianna. Why the hell was Brianna driving when the problem was in her leg? I wondered that at the time. Again, she is always telling the girls things like “let’s compare our tax returns, etc.” So….why the hell weren’t her and Brianna flying home and why wasn’t someone hired to drive the truck and the car or whatever back? When I came to Reno I had gotten a job and my kids stayed in Ca., with the husband I was leaving. After I had $1,000.00 in the bank, got an apartment and filled the fridge with food, I hired a security guard who worked at the casino I learned to deal 21 in who owned a 5 seater plane to fly me over along with the friend who I had hired to drive my truck back, and my kids and I flew back to Reno. And, believe me, I wasn’t rich. I only had one day off at the Nevada Club, everyone who worked there worked 6 days a week, and I couldn’t afford to take an extra day off. Not so much the money, but the reputation I was building as an employee. Also, I wanted to spend as much time as possible with my kids when we got to our new home, instead of being in the car for 6 hours. They were little then, 5,3 & 1. My best friend came and lived with me for the 1st year and was my nanny I guess, not some babysitter. She had been there during the time they were all born and she adored them. They loved her too. So, I supported all of us during that year and had met and become engaged to my now husband of 32 years. If I could do that, then she sure could have FGSakes.
    And the BS about her hiring someone to come take care of Brianna, one of her lies that are too many to count, would have been part of the scene. Icky would have said “I am leaving for that appt., but the nurse will be here in 15 minutes” or whatever. Even if there was going to be a nurse, which again is a total lie, if Viki was a normal human and mother she would have waited for the nurse and given her the instructions with the condition Brianna was in. She was SO ill that any moron would have realized that she required CONTINUAL care. It’s effing unbelievable that anything would have been more important. But we are talking about one of satan’s worker bees here.

  • Rain

    I wish Brianna well and best wishes honestly . That’s a lot to deal with . I think she will take care of herself, I just know it ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • Rochelle Barozzi

    Yes, yes she is. Once again, using her daughter for sympathy.

    • Rain

      She is an atrocious mother

  • Rochelle Barozzi

    Thanks so much!!! HUGZ!

  • EnigmaWrappedInSnark

    Oh don’t get me wrong … Shannon is great TV and I totally believe she’s playing the roll to the hilt.

  • justanothermary

    Brianna may be on steroids for the Lupus. This causes extreme fluid retention and makes you so hungry you’d eat just about anything within arms reach.

    • Real Sandy

      I was on high dose steroids for months, and I know what it causes, a moon face and a bigger belly region. Brianna’s weight is all over. She does not have the appearance of having weight gain causes by steroids, though I am not saying she never took any.
      I am also a RN, so I am familiar with what it can do.
      As someone else mentioned, she has also had a thyroid condition.
      I am not making fun of her weight either. (Oh, and I also have a thyroid condition). I just mentioned it because it may cause complications with surgery, recovery, and makes the heart work harder, etc.

  • HJ

    OMG! Poor Briana. Shes a great girl. I couldnt wish her more good health and happiness than I do. I will pray for her.