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What is the definition or description of: discoid lupus?

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Skin involvement: Discoid lupus is a form of lupus that predominantly involves just the skin. Some patients with discoid lupus may develop the systemic disease in time but the majority have disease that remains confined to the skin.
Dr. Alfred Kim
Rheumatology 16 years experience
Dermal skin injury: Discoid lupus (think singer seal) is seen by itself or with systemic lupus erythematosus (sle). Abut 25% of sle pts have discoid symptoms. If discoid lupus is by itself, 5-10% of them will go on to have sle, but the disease is relatively mild. Discoid lesions are areas of inflammation that go through the dermal layer of skin, causing scarring (like stretch marks). Sometimes mistaken for psoriasis.
Dr. Bruce Rothschild
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Skin damage: It is a type of scarring skin damage that can occur in isolation or as part of systemic lupus.

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