A member asked:

Can you do a skin biopsy for lupus with no rash and it be positive for lupus?

4 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Clarence Lyons answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Would require getting a location that has the characteristics of lupus on examination. Not sure of the odds, but it would be possible.

Answered Jun 25, 2013


Dr. Thomas Lafferty answered

Specializes in

There is a condition called discoid lupus where patients have scarring, especially on their scalp. There is also a condition called subacute cutaneous lupus. Also, biopsy reports can be "consistent with" lupus but sometimes findings are non-specific. Ideally you should see a rheumatologist to sort this out.

Answered Jun 11, 2013



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