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A 22-year-old member asked:

Can lupus cause a skin pigmentation disorder?

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Dr. Karen Han
Dermatology 24 years experience
Sometimes...: We generally talk about lupus in 2 categories: systemic and cutaneous (localized in skin). A subtype of cutaneous lupus called discoid lupus can cause dyspigmentation and scars in the areas of involvement. Unfortunately, when chronic, the dyspigmentation becomes more or less permanent. Systemic lupus can be associated with other autoimmune disorders such as vitiligo (depigmentation disorder).
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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes: There are several different kinds of lupus. Classic lupus often presents with a butterfly rash across the nose and cheeks. Cutaneous lupus may present with a number of different skin lesions. Alopecia (hair loss) may also occur with lupus.
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A 21-year-old member asked:

What exactly causes a skin pigmentation disorder?

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Dr. Chakshu Gupta
Pathology 24 years experience
Various: Skin pigmentation can be affected by heriditary disorders, drugs, infections, inflammation, sun exposure, skin cancers, immune diseases or even tumors of internal organs. You are probably referring to vitiligo, which is essentially a auto-immune condition or to albinism, which is genetic.
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Last updated Feb 6, 2019
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