Cutaneous lupus erythematosus

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Definition

Cutaneous lupus erythematosus is categorized as a type of lupus that primarily involves the patient's skin but may also be a precursor to another systemic form of the disease. There are three different types of cutaneous lupus erythematosus: chronic lupus erythematosus, subacute lupus erythematosus and e types of cutaneous lupus erythematosus. Dark skinned women individuals are more prone to Cutaneous lupus erythematosus especially between ages 20-60.

Diagnosis

The diagnosis for Cutaneous lupus erythematosus would largely be based on the type of symptoms that would develop. Skin biopsy and other laboratory tests are also conducted to diagnose possible systemic complications.

Treatment

Steroidal creams are usually used to treat Cutaneous lupus erythematosus lesions. This cream is usually applied to the lesions at least twice a day until the lesions disappear. For milder rash formations, a weaker formulation of the cream is often prescribed. Other treatments also include thalidomide, cyclosporin, acitretin, methotrexate, intravenous immunoglobulin, gold, clofazamine, cyclophosphamide and dapsone. Oral steroids can also be used in severe cases.

Symptoms and Signs

Symptoms include lesions that can usually be aggravated with sun exposure.

Causes

Cutaneous lupus erythematosus is believed by the prolonged use of certain drugs scuh as glyburide, thiazide diuretics, penicillamine, and calcium channel blockers.

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