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Discoid Lupus Erythematosus - Cause - Diagnosis - Symptoms - Treatment

Discoid lupus erythematosus cause, diagnosis, symptoms, and treatment. Discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE), is a chronic skin disease. Most individuals with discoid lupus will only develop skin manifestations, but some patients will also present symptoms of systemic lupus. Discoid lupus may occur in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus.
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Picture: Lupus, discoid - View of lesions on the chest
Lupus, discoid - view of lesions on the chest: This close-up picture of the neck clearly shows the typical rounded appearance of discoid lupus. The whitish appearance is caused by scaling. The two dark spots are biopsy sites and are not part of the disease.

Picture: Lupus, discoid on a child's face #1
Lupus, discoid on a child's face: The rash of lupus is round or disk shaped (discoid) and is characterized by red, raised patches with adherent scales. The skin pores (follicles) may be plugged, and scarring often occurs in older lesions.

Picture: Lupus, discoid on a child's face #2
Lupus, discoid on a child's face: The round or disk shaped (discoid) rash of lupus produces red, raised patches with scales. The pores (hair follicles) may be plugged. Scarring often occurs in older lesions. The majority (approximately 90%) of individuals with discoid lupus have only skin involvement as compared to more generalized involvement in systemic lupus erythematosis (SLE).

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Lupus Erythematosus, Discoid
Discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE) is a chronic, scarring, atrophy producing, photosensitive dermatosis. DLE may occur in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), and some patients (less than 5%) with DLE progress to SLE, from eMedicine.

Discoid Lupus Erythematosus
Discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE) is a chronic skin condition of sores with inflammation and scarring favoring the face, ears, and scalp and at times on other body areas, from American Osteopathic College of Dermatology.

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