A 48-year-old member asked:
what are the tests for discoid lupus?
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Dr. Ed Friedlander answered
44 years experience Pathology
Exam is best: The sores with pale center and dark rim, uneven scales / crusts are usually easy to diagnose on physical exam by a general physician; any dermatologist can make the call easily. If there is doubt, punch biopsy shows distinctive features to the pathologist that will remove any doubt; both a standard stain and a "lupus band test" may be performed. Dle is usually manageable but not curable.
Answered on Sep 19, 2015
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