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Discoid Lupus

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Discoid Lupus Erythematosus (DLE) is an inflammatory condition caused by an autoimmune disease. Unlike Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, which affects the internal organs of the body, DLE is limited to the skin. This disease commonly runs in families, with a greater percentage of females affected.

DLE causes sores with inflammation that eventually leads to scarring to appear throughout the skin. The regions of the face, neck, and ears are predominantly affected. Permanent hair loss and scarring may occur when sores appear in areas of hair growth. In some cases, exposure to sunlight and smoking may increase skin sore breakouts. When these sores heal, a raised, scarred area may result.

Reviewed by: Michael Fuller, MD

Last updated: Sep-21-09

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