PMID: 3501642Nov 15, 1987Paper

Lupus erythematosus of the skin. An analysis of 97 patients

Zeitschrift für Hautkrankheiten
B Tebbe, C E Orfanos


In this retrospective study, the data of 97 patients with lupus erythematosus (LE) were evaluated according to clinical and laboratory criteria. 30 patients had localized chronic discoid LE (CDLE); 44 patients showed disseminated LE lesions either of the chronic discoid or the subacute cutaneous (SCLE) type; and 23 patients had systemic LE (SLE). The mean age ranged between 21 and 50 years. The male/female ratio was 1:3 in localized LE, 1:13 in disseminated LE with general symptoms, and 1:10 in SLE. Localized LE did not, as a rule, show any general symptoms. On the other hand, 14/44 patients (= 30%) with disseminated LE revealed general symptoms such as BSR elevation, arthralgia, anemia, and leukopenia. In addition, 4/44 patients (= 9%) with disseminated skin lesions showed various extracutaneous manifestations: nephritis (2), pericarditis (2), pleuritis (2), polyarthritis (1). Arthropathy was the major clinical manifestation in SLE (18/23 patients). Immunological parameters were usually negative in localized chronic discoid LE. 7/23 patients (= 30%) with disseminated LE had elevated ANA titers; 4/26 patients (= 15%) showed increased DNA binding capacity. In 57% of the patients with disseminated LE associated with general clini...Continue Reading

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